Sunday, March 8, 2015

Yes, it seems the Obama White House knew about the Clinton’s private emails–and knew it would be a huge problem–but decided to defer action on that item to her staff. Oh, and they found out about this … last August. White House, State Department officials, and members of Hillary’s entourage knew that House Republicans had stumbled upon this information through the select committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack. Their decision was to remain tight-lipped about it (via Politico):
The White House, State Department and Hillary Clinton’s personal office knew in August that House Republicans had received information showing that the former secretary of state conducted official government business through her private email account — and Clinton’s staff made the decision to keep quiet. 
Sources familiar with the discussions say key people in the Obama administration and on Clinton’s staff were aware that the revelation could be explosive for the all-but-announced candidate for president. But those involved deferred to Clinton’s aides, and they decided not to respond.
In the end, Clinton’s staff waited six months — until after the New York Times published a story on Tuesday about the email account and the possibility that it hampered public access to official records — to begin their response.
Clinton’s slow-off-the-block defense has left many political strategists and observers confused because even a presidential campaign in its early stages should have been prepared to get out ahead of bad news. Had the existence of the email address and private server been made public in August, they say, it could have become a marginal issue in the run-up to the midterm elections, which Democrats badly lost anyway and in which Clinton wasn’t a candidate. But the decision to let it linger has meant it will cast a much larger shadow over Clinton’s expected campaign announcement.
According to the sources, the problem came to light in August as the State Department prepared to respond to a request from the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. State Department officials noticed that some of the 15,000 pages of documents included a personal email address for Clinton, and State and White House officials conferred on how to handle the revelation, which they expected the committee to notice. But they felt that Clinton’s personal staff should take the lead, since she was no longer in government, and Clinton aides decided to wait and see.

Islamic State destroys 2,000-year-old city of Hatra

By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch

Islamic State destroys 2,000-year-old city of Hatra
This follows closely after their destruction of Nimrud and of the Mosul museum artifacts. Clearly the Islamic State is determined to leave nothing un-Islamic in their domains. They want to create ruin and destruction of non-Muslim installations, because the Qur’an holds up ruins as the signs of Allah’s wrath upon the disbelievers: “Many were the […]

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Over 100 freed Gitmo detainees have returned to jihad

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

Why wouldn’t Muslims rejoin the jihad? They are still devout Muslims, are they not? Any other outcome would be impossible, which is something the delusionists in the Obama administration and the enemedia refuse to recognize — reality.

prayer at gitmo“Over 100 freed Gitmo detainees have returned to jihad,” thanks to Robert Spencer.
This is not surprising, since absolutely nothing was done at Guantanamo to disabuse these men of the beliefs that led them to wage jihad in the first place. Any such action would have been “Islamophobic.” And so the Qur’an, the book that inspired the actions that landed them in Guantanamo in the first place, is treated with elaborate care and respect — only reinforcing the jihadists’...


Trey Gowdy: Hillary's Emails Missing From Libya Trip

By Sandy Fitzgerald / NEWSMAX
There are still significant gaps in the emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has turned over to the committee investigating the Benghazi terror attacks, Rep. Trey Gowdy, said Sunday, including from the day a now-iconic photo of her was taken while she was flying to Libya.

"There are gaps of months and months and months," Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican and head of the select committee, told CBS "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer.  "If you think to that iconic picture of her on a C-17 flying to Libya, sunglasses on, she has her handheld device in her hand, we have no emails from that day. In fact we have no emails from that trip.

Clinton has used that photograph as the cover shot on official Twitter account,  and Gowdy said it hard to believe there are no emails available from that trip.

“It strains credibility to believe that if you’re on your way to Libya to discuss Libyan policy that there’s not a single document has been turned over to Congress," said Gowdy.

Further, he told Schieffer, it's not up to Clinton to decide what is a public record and what is not, and he's lost confidence in the State Department to make the determination on the matter.

"They're the ones who allowed this arrangement, and did nothing about this arrangement until they got the request from our committee," Gowdy said, noting that a "neutral, detached auditor' is needed to to determine what should be considered a public record.

And while Gowdy said his committee is not entitled to everything on the email records, and he doesn't want everything, "I just want everything related to Libya and Benghazi."

Clinton last week called, through her Twitter account,  upon the State Department to make the emails public, and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the Benghazi committee, has recommended Gowdy release some 300 emails Clinton has already turned over, reports Mediaite.
However, Gowdy told Schieffer that he would not selectively release the emails.

"We don't have all of them," he said. "There's a reason that serious investigations don't leak and make selective releases. … it's frankly not fair to the secretary, not fair to your viewers, my fellow citizens to selectively release information."

But if Clinton wants to release all of her emails, "with the emphasis being on the world 'all' she's welcome to do that," Gowdy said. "I can't stop her from doing that. [But] serious investigations don't make selective releases.
See video 'Trey Gowdy: "Huge Gaps" in Clinton's Libya-related emails" here: