Television news stations filled their time with live coverage of the House Select Committee on Benghazi hearings on Hilary Clinton’s emails when she was Secretary of State during the destruction of the Benghazi American diplomatic outpost. The video included with this article explains the historical background of this horrific event. Four American lost their lives including the Ambassador himself. Highlights from the live streaming of the hearings were extracted into highlights by CNN.http://cnn.it/1kvaNRt
At the end of the eleven hour day, Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) admitted nothing new was learned from the $4.5 million dollar probe, and Hilary Clinton’s response to the 2012 attack on the Benghazi American diplomatic compound. “I don’t know,” he said, “that she testified that much differently today than she has the previous time she testified.” See:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trey-gowdy-hillary-clinton-benghazi_56299236e4b0aac0b8fc6a7d?
Witness, however, the insistent line of questioning about the fact that Ambassador Stevens did not have Clinton’s home phone available to him during the attack on his compound. Congressman Mike Pompeo (R.-Kan.) repeatedly stated that friend Sidney Blumenthal had her personal email and continually emailed Clinton about Libya for months prior to the attack. Igor Bobic, Associate Politics Editor for the Huffington Post, wrote and article entitled: “This might be the dumbest line of inquiry at the Benghazi hearing.” Bobic concluded that: “It’s fair to criticize Clinton for entertaining the attention-seeking antics of Blumenthal. But it’s not really realistic to expect a secretary of state to remain in direct contact with every ambassador around the globe.[She testified that there were hundreds of ambassadors under her.] Clinton says Stevens was her friend. But no number of house visits would have prevented the attack in Benghazi.”
Rolling Stone Magazine went further and listed the most absurd moments during the hearings, which included some badgering questions. See: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/5-absurd-moments-from-the-hillary-clinton-benghazi-hearing-20151022
Ranking congressman. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) of the House Select Committee on Benghazi accused his Republican colleagues of inventing a “fishing expedition” to “derail” Clinton’s presidential campaign. In the 10th hour of the proceedings he declared: “”Do we want to badger you over and over again until you get tired, until we do get the ‘gotcha’ moment that he’s talking about? We’re better than that. … We’re better than using taxpayer dollars to try to destroy a campaign. That’s not what America is all about. So you can comment if you like. I just had to get that off my chest.”
This fact is evident in the comments made by the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) when he admitted the Republican-led Benghazi Committee was formed to sink Hilary Clinton’s presidential aspirations. Kevin McCarthy and his Benghazi gaffe star in Hilary Clinton’s new campaign ad.
Clinton’s humor was not appreciated by Rep. Martha Roby (R.-Ala.) when she asked twice if Clinton was home alone all night, the night of the attack; Roby was almost enraged when she shot out: “I don’t know why that’s funny!” Clinton apologized for a “little note of levity at 7:15 [p.m. at 10 hours of grilling].” Secretary Clinton remained unruffled under fire, recovered from a coughing fit immediately after 11 hours of testimony, showed compassion for those we lost and those who protected Americans with their lives, and even shook the hand of every committee member at the end of the hearing.
She demonstrated the nuances and courtesies of diplomacy in her answers, and her behavior. No one would have seen this under such continuing scrutiny if it were not for this live opportunity to witness her restraint and, yes, even devotion to the duties of her position. Perhaps the probe, which reminded older Americans of the McCarthy-era witch hunt for Communists, backfired. Perhaps this Republican-led Benghazi Committee just handed Hilary the presidency, which would make these hearings more than TV entertainment? They could decide the future of the American political scene for years to come.