Resoundingly missing from the cover of the Interim Progress Report on the Benghazi, Libya consulate attack published yesterday by the House Republican Conference is the name Harold Rogers (R-KY), chairman of the House Appropriations committee that twice slashed the State Department’s diplomatic security budget. That committee was apparently excused from reporting to the conference in the zealous crusade being waged by Tea Party Republicans, led by Darryl Issa and Jason Chaffetz, to pin blame on then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Issa’s name is listed as a co-author of the report while Media Matters reports that Chaffetz appeared with Megyn Kelly to discuss the report released to great hullabaloo in right-wing circles.
During the interview there was no mention of Rep. Chaffetz’s own vote to cut funding to embassy security or reports that have undermined right-wing attacks on Clinton.
Kelly provided Chaffetz with numerous opportunities to bash Clinton – asking if Clinton “blatantly lied” over requests being made for more security at the embassy, allowing Chaffetz to make claims that Clinton personally denied more security for the embassy, and speculating that there are documents being hidden from lawmakers that prove Clinton had direct knowledge regarding the lack of security at the embassy.
Oh! So he is speculating! Never mind that she accepted full responsibility for failures, provided State Department personnel to testify and documents for examination as requested, submitted the Accountability Review Board report in a timely fashion from home while recovering from a concussion and blood clot, and went on to testify in person before committees in both the Senate and the House as requested before she had fully recovered from her serious (and scary) health issues – never mind all of that. Chaffetz and his Tea Partiers think documents are being hidden. According to an article yesterday inThe Hill, the former secretary was not interviewed by the audit committee.