Accuracy in Media

It appears that, with only one week left until Super Tuesday, the mainstream media are content with the slow pace of the various investigations into Hillary Clinton’s malfeasance. Come March 15, over half of the states will have voted for their favorite primary candidates. Yet the FBI investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email server and her handling of classified material, along with the House Select Committee’s Benghazi investigation, may be going nowhere.

“[Republican Congressman Trey] Gowdy [SC] has said he hopes to wrap up interviews with witnesses in February,” reported Sarah Westwood for The Washington Examiner on February 18. “His committee will then release a highly-anticipated report on its findings.”

But that report may not effectively tell the story of Benghazi if, as Gowdy says, he is going to allow his audience to draw their own conclusions. “It’s not my job to tell you what happened,” said Gowdy on the Don Smith radio show. “It’s my job to tell you what the witnesses say. I wasn’t there.”

Gowdy also said that he was “pleased and frankly proud” of the effort his committee had made that revealed to the public that Clinton was using a private server for all of her emails.

However, the Select Committee wasn’t established so that its report would be issued by a stenographer. It was established to get to the truth of what happened, even if reporters and broadcasters alike dismiss the search for the truth as a “phony scandal.” So far, the committee does not appear to have interviewed outside experts—authoritative figures who could shine some light on the testimony of bureaucrats with ulterior motives.

This committee also has a greater responsibility than to simply report what the witnesses said; it must also connect the dots, and draw conclusions. Then the Democratic minority on the committee can include a minority report.

Similarly, it is the FBI’s job to compile evidence that could lead to an indictment of Hillary Clinton—not to let the evidence speak for itself, but to be woven into a convincing narrative outlining the case for legal action. If there is no such evidence, then Mrs. Clinton deserves that the government lift that cloud of suspicion while primary voters consider their options.

It remains important that the Select Committee tell a true and convincing story about the events in Benghazi without getting bogged down in the unnecessary search for additional smoking guns.

The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) laid out the big picture of what happened in Benghazi—and the period leading up to it—nearly two years ago in its April 2014 interim report, and additional evidence has since validated our findings. It has been made abundantly clear that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama deceived the public by blaming the attacks on a YouTube video while knowing these attacks were perpetrated by terrorists; it is also readily apparent that the United States failed to send available military forces to aid those in Libya. And that is just scratching the surface.

We understand that the Obama administration has stonewalled and slow-walked the Select Committee’s investigation. But at some point the Select Committee must go with what they’ve got. When will Congressman Gowdy release his committee’s report? Will it be after more than half of the United States loses the opportunity to cast an educated vote?

Worse still is the Obama administration’s ongoing interference into the FBI investigation of Clinton’s email server and possible corruption. Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported in January that the FBI and Justice Department became “super pissed off” when the White House made public comments about Clinton not being a target of the investigation.

“What I know that some officials over there have said is that she is not a target of the investigation, so that [an indictment] does not seem to be the direction that it’s trending,” announced Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the time. “But I’m certainly not going to weigh in on a decision or in that process in any way. That is a decision to be made solely by independent prosecutors but again, based on what we know from the Department of Justice, it does not seem to be headed in that direction.”

This isn’t the first time that the Obama administration has improperly prejudged an ongoing investigation. The Associated Press (AP) has previously compared Obama to former President Richard Nixon, citing examples of both of them speaking out and declaring defendants guilty of murder. In Nixon’s case it was Charles Manson; in Obama’s it was Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.

President Obama has also come very close to endorsing Mrs. Clinton. “She is my friend. She would make an excellent president,” said President Obama last year, according to The Washington Post. In his February 16 remarks, the President referred to former Secretary Clinton as “an outstanding secretary of state” without making a similar compliment about socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Just last month the White House had insisted it wasn’t going to endorse a Democratic primary candidate.

That Post article fails to mention the gravity of a president nearly endorsing a candidate who may face criminal charges.

This comes at a time when, as the Los Angeles Times is reporting, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign is struggling financially, writing, “Clinton finds herself under financial stress.” Maybe the Clinton Foundation could loan the campaign a billion dollars, thus cutting its size in half. Or the campaign could draw on the other billion the Clintons have collected, as reported by The Washington Post, for “the Clintons’ political races and legal defense fund.” The Post article is titled, “Two Clintons. 41 Years. $3 Billion.”

Some on the left are starting to panic that Mrs. Clinton will win the nomination and take the Democratic Party down to defeat. Salon, one of the far-left’s favorite websites, argued in a piece this past weekend titled “Hillary Clinton Just Can’t Win,” that “Bernie Sanders is the only Democratic candidate capable of winning the White House in 2016. Please name the last person to win the presidency alongside an ongoing FBI investigation, negative favorability ratings, questions about character linked to continual flip-flops, a dubious money trail of donors, and the genuine contempt of the rival political party. In reality, Clinton is a liability to Democrats, and certainly not the person capable of ensuring liberal Supreme Court nominees and President Obama’s legacy.”

With 150 agents working on one of the FBI’s cases against Mrs. Clinton, it seems incumbent upon the Bureau to push the Justice Department to indict Hillary Clinton if it finds the corruption it is searching for. And, given recent evidence, it seems unlikely that the agency could do anything but charge her with mishandling classified information.

Mrs. Clinton’s main defense has been that the information from her emails now deemed classified wasn’t marked as classified at the time. However, in 2011 Secretary of State Clinton instructed an aide, Jake Sullivan, to remove the classified markings before sending information to her private, unsecured email. Besides, it doesn’t matter legally whether this information was marked classified or not. That is a smokescreen. It is her professional obligation to recognize classified material.

Yet President Obama has already put his finger on the scale of justice, asserting that Clinton’s email server “is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”

FBI Director James Comey faces a politically untenable choice—to pursue a case against the President’s wishes or to tarnish the impartiality of the law. Comey has a reputation as a straight-shooter to the extent that if he makes a criminal referral to the Department of Justice and they don’t act on it, he might well go public, or resign. Time will tell.

These two investigations—along with the State Department’s probe into potential conflicts of interest between the Clinton Foundation and Mrs. Clinton’s actions as secretary of state—should have been done by the end of last year, well before we got this far down the road of the presidential primaries. In both cases these investigations reflect upon the Obama administration as well as on Mrs. Clinton. Yet as each entity—the Select Committee and the FBI—wait to issue their reports, the findings in both cases will be seen by large segments of the population as primarily political. That is, unless Hillary is somehow exonerated. Then the mainstream media will assure us that they knew all along that these investigations were nothing but politics from the start.




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Comments

  • Gyst53

    Houston….Hillary has a problem! And so does Barack!

    (Remember Wikileaks?) 2006-2915
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#2006

    Executive Order on October 07, 2011

    Executive Order 13587 — Structural Reforms to Improve the Security of Classified Networks and the Responsible Sharing and Safeguarding of Classified Information
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/07/executive-order-13587-structural-reforms-improve-security-classified-net

    Executive Order on November 04, 2010

    Executive Order 13556 — Controlled Unclassified Information

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/04/executive-order-13556-controlled-unclassified-information

    Executive Order on December 29, 2009

    Executive Order 13526- Classified National Security Information

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-original-classification-authority

    Executive Order on January 21, 2009

    Executive Order 13489 — Presidential Records

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-records

    Sources: U.S. Gov Statistics, The Daily Caller, Youtube, CNN, wikipedia

    EO 13526 restated the authorized list of designees who can originate classification, in effect rescinding any previous designations made by officials or agency heads to subordinates.

    A significant provision of EO 13526 is the creation of the National Declassification Center. The major focus is the idea that information should become declassified systematically as soon as practicable. Specific time limits are mentioned for different kinds of information, but there is also the provision that information that still needs to be classified can stay classified. Mechanisms are outlined for periodic reevaluation of the need to classify information, even if the result of the evaluation is to keep the information classified.

    Posted by: sjohnston1 | January 21, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

    If O is promoting more transparency will he live by his rules on the information that people should know:

    1. Occidental College records

    2. Columbia College records

    3. Columbia Thesis paper

    4. Harvard College records

    5. Selective Service Registration

    6. Medical records

    7. Illinois State Senate records

    8. Law practice client list

    9. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate

    10. Harvard Law Review articles published

    12. University of Chicago scholarly articles

  • vanceco

    What would be the point of all of it at this point…? He’s got less than a year left as POTUS, and won’t be facing any more elections. There’s no need for it all now, but I’m sure aome of it will be available when his library opens.

  • Gyst53

    My cursory attempt, over the past seven years, has been to Google and track all Federal Court individual Judge (or panel of judges) activities regarding overturned State Voter Referendum or actions regarding Constitutional rights and liberties. My research reflects 99.9% were judges appointed by either Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama.

    (The latter by a simple majority vote by the Senate while the Democrats majority still controlled it as a “lame duck body” after the 2013 elections.

    What is interesting is there is a smattering of George H. W. and George W. Bush judges (as in the current Justice Moore Gay marriage challenge) which are starting to follow the U.S Supreme Courts extreme “Judicial/Social Activism”.
    Read Obama’s Executive Orders and see what he can do in the final months of his Acting Presidency!!!
    http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/obama-subjects.html

  • ConservativeSenior

    Can’t count on the FBI to do their job.

  • It is amazing the democrats going to elect a criminal and that is what she is. If it was you or I that did what she did we would have already been in jail. How low the media and the democrat party has sunk. The democrat party is a socialist communist party run by the extreme of there party. Just listen to Hillary and Bernie it who can give more to illegals and the warped mind of the students who are being lead down the path by the socialist educators who along with the media has been lying since the 60’s. Indoctrinating the children into socialism instead of educating them to succeed in life.

  • M J

    Everyone knows that if this were a Republican, the Dems would be screaming bloody murder and demand someone’s head on a platter for stonewalling the very critically important investigation that affects this country’s future. We do not need a Clinton Criminal Family occupying the White House with all the pain it would cause the entire country. Obama is lying again! Hillary WOULD NOT MAKE A GOOD PRESIDENT – she lied about Benghazi, and totally covered up her VERY GRAVE misdeeds that led to people being killed, while she disrespected the families of the dead with “what difference does it make?” and a huge cover-up to follow. She has many criminal money laundering connections hiding under the rug that go all the way back to Rapist Bill’s 8-year circus with all its scandals, and like Obama – HILLARY HAS NO REGARD FOR OUR CONSTITUTION! In the end her entire career shows no significant accomplishments to hang her very dubious creds upon, nothing noteworthy as a carpet bagging senator, endangered our embassies worldwide by not answering (nor having the competency to answer) desperate pleas for more security! Hillary for President – NYET! We have no more time for incompetent individuals at the helm of our once great country! These are very dangerous times for our country and WE NEED A REAL LEADER – NOT A SHAM PRETENDER. Trump or Cruz but not Mrs. Clinton – America cannot afford another nation destroyer!

  • Jerry

    If she gets off, Then the laws in America are null and Void, They mean nothing

  • Gz7

    We will see. The AG will be the one to deny justice.

  • Gz7

    This is the end result of a party without a moral bone in their body. Everything that comes out of their mouths is a lie.

  • Gz7

    You forgot to list his days as a hustler so he could pay for his coke habit. Back when he identified as Barry.

  • Gz7

    Yeh. Less than a year to see how much more havoc and treason he can pull off.

  • jug

    I was afraid of this when Gowdy endorsed RINO Rubio!
    He has been bought off!

  • Gz7

    That’s the case already! Fast and Furious, the Iran nuke giveaway unsigned treaty, Obamacare, the Supreme Courts unconstitutional law making, making cops out as bad and criminals as good, and on and on….we are already a lawless country.

  • AndRebecca

    Yeah, what would be the point at this time? You sound like H.C. : “What difference does it make?!?!”

  • AndRebecca

    Thanks for the archives site. The gov lays it all out there. They’re proud of their anti-American selves.

  • Jerry

    Yes But this will be Blatant,& Proven

  • dilbert

    the Teflon Pantsuit sings to Charlotte “the wheels on the bus go round and round”–she will develop some medical crisis, bow out, throw all her aides under the bus, will never serve a day!

  • I believe the FBI will do there job but the DOJ will not prosecute because she is a political hack and does what Obama tells her to do, just like Holder.

  • Rose Mendoza

    She is a vicious,evil,corrupt criminal and has physical and mental issues. Her health is deteriorating and her desire for power,power and more power is abnormal,to say the least.Se belongs in an institution for treatment,both physical and mental and she is certainly not fit for a presidency,never,never,never.

  • Rose Mendoza

    I have to say that I agree with you as I was also surprised at his endorsement.

  • Steven Barrett

    Nothing would give me more satisfaction to watch Hillary’s pay the price of her hubris and arrogance. And I hope enough Democratic voters in enough time get to see whether or not she’s legally fit to earn the nomination. Just watching her pack it in and letting Bernie Sanders have a free and clear path isn’t in the best interests of either Sen. Sanders or the nation. It’d diminish what he’s already accomplished thus far. I want to see Hillary Clinton and what she represents, i.e. the most elitist branch of the one-time Democratic Party, the nation’s and world’s oldest party. FDR came from very high-brow lineage, but he was far more at home with the real rank and file Democrats than the Clintons who talk about feeling their pain all the while enabling Wall Street to put the screws to many of America’s rank and file workers. I just want her to pay first at the ballot box, then in court.

  • Ted

    How about an investigation of Bush and Cheney for lying to the American people about WMD in Iraq … and all the fatcat CEOs on Wall Street who participated in all the bu**sh** that led to The Great Bush Recession and consequent ripoff of all Americans?

  • LibertyChick

    Anyone other than Hilary would have been arrested and out on bail awaiting trial. So many who have done so much less are rotting away in Levenworth Federal Prison.

    They use her as an example for young women to look up to and emulate. I would be horrified if my daughter did so. And Bill in the WH again – how many more BJ’s will he get there by women other than his wife? These people are trailer trash. No, that’s mean to people who live in trailers.

  • Taylor Collins

    I register as Democrat. And I hate her. I think she’s toxic. And I’m embarrassed that she is considered “one of the best available” people put forth to run our country. Don’t lump us all together. There are plenty of people who see her for who she is. Her public opinion is tanking. Just give it time.

  • IHC

    I pose an even bigger question: Is Gowdy able to tell the real truth or is he cuffed about if he would do so what would happen if the intent of criminality would surface?
    I do not have the answer but reading the careful researched ‘Benghazi Commission’ and other similar conclusion – it’s obvious that there is more than meets the eye and frankly – should trouble every American citizen.
    It’s also obvious that the democratic party has no problem supporting Hillary despite – lets be frank here – being investigated involving ‘espionage’. Removing headers or using her private email and server its obvious that her aides and Hillary used the content of highly secretive info and copied them into her emails while sending them to various recipients. Then there is her family foundation that was also part of her secretive private server enriching herself and family even more blurring national security, personal finances, moonlighting by her aide Huma while working on natl security issues with Doug Band – the Clinton loyalist once running the family foundation at Teneo. There is just too much proof against Hillary committing crimes during her term as SOS – that should cause even democrats to think twice wanting her in the white house.

  • IHC

    Sadly – I agree with that observation. I agree with both of you – there is no other way to explain Gowdy and his actions!

  • IHC

    I believe that ‘crimes and treasonous actions’ keep Hillary and Obama shackled together. It’s like ‘from one gangster to another…..’.

  • IHC

    The Hill – reported a week ago that it is the democratic party as a whole standing between the indictment and the FBI. Lynch is not a player yet. The 22 withheld emails between Hillary and the president could give s a glimpse into actual shenanigans between the two. They may would expose each other.

  • IHC

    Best observation and comment to date about this subject! Love to give 1000 up-votes!

  • IHC

    Hillary fits ‘malignant narcissist’ perfectly! Her paranoia alone is troubling!

  • IHC

    I agree with your opinion! Sadly – there are not many of your molt anymore. You are what democrats used to be. Not sure if there are many like you anymore.
    Both parties are connected in their hips – corrupt.

  • IHC

    Stay on the subject of the article rather than ‘trolling’ attempting to derail the comment thread.

  • terry1956

    Why stop there, likely most members of the 535 member ruling class in DC should be investigated but by no means don’t count on them much to investigate themselves, any elected Sheriff, DA, state or county grand jury can do that.

  • James Robinson

    Excellent piece, Mr. Aronoff. It strikes me that Trey Gowdy hails from South Carolina where Hillary Clinton just won a resounding victory against Bernie Sanders. One can imagine that Mr. Gowdy is under tremendous political pressure to finish up and move on, that is if he’d like to remain in Congress.

  • Gyst53

    In 2000: Bill Clinton issues executive pardons hours before leaving office, to big donors and other convicted felons, some doing prison time related to Clinton scandals. Recall that among all those last-minute political pardons, one was for his former CIA director, John Deutch, who, it was discovered in 1996, stored classified documents on an unsecured laptop at his residence.
    The Obama administration and the Eric Holder Justice Department have been engaging in what is called collusive settlements. These are ‘sue and settle’ cases, where the Justice department will go and solicit one of their allies, a political advocacy organization and say, ‘Why don’t you guys sue us, claiming that we haven’t, for example, issued a particular type of environmental regulation that we all want but don’t have the legal authority to issue. As soon as you file the lawsuit, we will not fight it. We’ll immediately surrender and agree to settle. The settlement agreement, which can then get easily rubber-stamped by a Carter, Clinton or Obama federal judge, will then let us do whatever we want…. Winkin, Blinkin and Nod!

  • Gyst53

    Hillary has a problem! And so does Barack!

    (Remember Wikileaks?) 2006-2915

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#2006

    Executive Order on October 07, 2011

    Executive Order 13587 — Structural Reforms to Improve the Security of Classified Networks and the Responsible Sharing and Safeguarding of Classified Information

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/07/executive-order-13587-structural-reforms-improve-security-classified-net

    Executive Order on November 04, 2010

    Executive Order 13556 — Controlled Unclassified Information

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/04/executive-order-13556-controlled-unclassified-information

    Executive Order on December 29, 2009

    Executive Order 13526- Classified National Security Information

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-original-classification-authority

    Executive Order on January 21, 2009

    Executive Order 13489 — Presidential Records

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-records

    Sources: U.S. Gov Statistics, The Daily Caller, Youtube, CNN, wikipedia

    EO 13526 restated the authorized list of designees who can originate classification, in effect rescinding any previous designations made by officials or agency heads to subordinates.

    A significant provision of EO 13526 is the creation of the National Declassification Center. The major focus is the idea that information should become declassified systematically as soon as practicable. Specific time limits are mentioned for different kinds of information, but there is also the provision that information that still needs to be classified can stay classified. Mechanisms are outlined for periodic reevaluation of the need to classify information, even if the result of the evaluation is to keep the information classified.

    If O is promoting more transparency will he live by his rules on the information that people should know:

    1. Occidental College records

    2. Columbia College records

    3. Columbia Thesis paper

    4. Harvard College records

    5. Selective Service Registration

    6. Medical records

    7. Illinois State Senate records

    8. Law practice client list

    9. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate

    10. Harvard Law Review articles published

    12. University of Chicago scholarly articles