Did a Clinton Spokesman Plant Questions With a Democrat Senator Sitting on the Benghazi Committee?

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Anyone who watched the Benghazi hearings knew the Democrats on the committee were there for no other reason than to protect Hillary Clinton. They exhibited this by their constant attacks of the Republicans on the panel.


Emails show Hillary Clinton’s inner circle knew what the Democratic chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was planning to ask Clinton at the first congressional hearing about Benghazi, raising questions about whether the former secretary of state manipulated the hearing to her advantage.

A former spokesman for Clinton, Phillippe Reines, sent an email to Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, in 2013, suggesting that he helped plant a question with Senator Robert Menendez, the Democrat chair of the committee.

“We wired it that Menendez would provide an opportunity to address two topics we needed to debunk (her actions/whereabouts on 9/11 and these emails from Chris Stevens about moving locations),” Reines wrote on the email, which was obtained by Citizens United.

The New Jersey Democrat’s first question to Clinton during the hearing on Benghazi touched on both those subjects.

“Can you give us your insights on the decision-making process regarding the location of the mission and as part of that … what actions were you and your staff taking the night of September 11 and into September the 12th?” Menendez had asked.


Clinton has repeatedly sought to make any inquiries into Benghazi look more like witch hunts, rather than legitimate attempts to get answers for the families of those who fell in Benghazi on the night of September 11, 2012.

It would seem that a person who is completely innocent would have no need for planted questions.

During the Jan. 2013 hearing in question, Clinton infamously sparred with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, shouting, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” when pressed about the causes of the attack.

It makes a lot of difference to those families. Let’s hope the truth makes it out to see the light of day, and that in the meantime, there be not a moment of peace for Hillary Clinton.


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