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Hillary’s campaign released a statement regarding FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee today.

Hillary for America Statement on FBI Director Comey’s Testimony Before House Committee

Hillary for America National Press Secretary Brian Fallon released the following statement Thursday following FBI Director James Comey’s appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee: “Despite the partisan motivations of this hearing, we are glad it took place and that Director Comey had the opportunity to expand upon his remarks from earlier this week. Director Comey’s testimony clearly knocked down a number of false Republican talking points and reconciled apparent contradictions between his previous remarks and Hillary Clinton’s public statements. The Director’s explanations shut the door on any remaining conspiracy theories once and for all. While Republicans may try to keep this issue alive, this hearing proved those efforts will only backfire.”

15 Facts From Comey

FBI Director’s Testimony Backs Up Clinton, Debunks Republican Conspiracy Theories

Today, House Republicans brought FBI Director James Comey in to testify – after the conclusion of a year-long investigation – in hopes of uncovering new details to damage Hillary Clinton. Instead, Comey’s testimony only debunked GOP talking points and further substantiated Clinton’s case.

Here are 15 key takeaways:

  1.  Emails reported as “marked classified” were improperly marked.

MATT CARTWRIGHT:  I don’t think you were given a full chance to talk about those three documents with the little ‘C’s’ on them. Were they properly documented? Were they properly marked according to the manual? COMEY: No.

  1. And those emails could be reasonably judged as not classified.

MATT CARTWRIGHT: If Secretary Clinton were an expert about what’s classified and not classified and we’re following the manual, the absence of a header would tell her immediately that those three documents were not classified. Am I correct in that?  |  COMEY: That would be a reasonable inference.

  1. There’s no evidence Clinton ever knew she had received classified information or intended to retain it on her server.

COMEY: There is in my view not evidence beyond certainly probable cause, not evidence beyond a reasonable doubt she knew she was receiving classified information or she intended to retain it on her server.

  1. Guccifer admitted his claim he had hacked Clinton’s server was a lie.

BLAKE FARENTHOLD: And [Guccifer] claimed he gained access to Sid Blumenthal’s e-mail account and traced him back to Secretary Clinton’s private server. Can you confirm that Guccifer never gained access to her server.  |  COMEY: He admitted that was a lie.

  1. And there is no evidence that Clinton’s server has ever been successfully hacked.

COMEY: We were not able to conclude [any hacking attempts] were successful.

  1. The FBI’s investigation was not influenced by outside officials.

COMEY: “They didn’t influence it in any way.”

  1. Clinton’s case is nothing like the case of General David Petraeus.

COMEY: The Petraeus case to my mind illustrates perfectly the kind of cases the Department of Justice is willing to prosecute. Even there, they prosecuted him for a misdemeanor. In that case, you had vast quantities of highly classified information, including special sensitive compartmented information, that’s the reference to code words. Vast quantity of it not only shared with someone without authority to have it but we found it in a search warrant hidden under the insulation in his attic and then he lied to us about it during the investigation. So you have obstruction of justice, you have intentional misconduct, and a vast quantity of information. He admitted he knew that was the wrong thing to do. That is a perfect illustration of the kind of cases that get prosecuted. In my mind, it illustrates importantly the distinction to this case.

  1. Clinton’s case is nothing like the case of CIA Director John Deutch.

COMEY: The Deutch case illustrates [the difference between Clinton’s case and others who were prosecuted] perfectly. I mean he took huge amount of documents. Almost all at the TSSC I level. Had them in hard copy in his house, had them on an unclassified system connected to the internet, attempted to destroy some when he got caught. Admitted I knew I wasn’t supposed to be doing this. You have clear intent, huge amounts of documents, obstruction of justice. Those are the kinds of cases that get prosecuted. That’s what I said. I meant it when I said it. In my experience which is three decades no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case. I know that frustrates people but that’s the way the law is and that’s the way the practice is at the Department of Justice.

9. Clinton’s case is nothing like the case of Navy Commander Bryan Nishimura

COMEY: Nishimura was prosecuted under the misdemeanor statute 1924 on facts that are very different. If you want me to go through them, I’ll go through them but they are very different.

  1. The FBI’s conclusion that there was no case against Clinton was unanimous.

WILL HURD: Was this unanimous opinion within the FBI on your decision?  |  COMEY: Well the whole F.B.I. wasn’t involved but the team of agents, investigators, analysts, technologists — yes.

  1. Clinton’s email setup was, as she has always said, a matter of convenience.

COMEY: Our best information is she set it up as a matter of convenience. It was an already existing system that her husband had and she decided to have a domain on that system.

  1. Clinton did not instruct lawyers who performed the sorting of her emails.

JIM JORDAN: Did Secretary Clinton know her legal team deleted those emails they kept from us?  |  COMEY: I don’t believe so. | JORDAN: Did Secretary Clinton approve those emails being deleted?  |  COMEY: I don’t think there was any specific instruction or conversation between the Secretary and her lawyers about that.  |  JORDAN: Did you ask that question?  |  COMEY: Yes.  |  JORDAN: Did Secretary Clinton know her lawyers cleaned devices in such a way as to preclude forensic discovery?  |  COMEY: I don’t think she did.  |  JORDAN: Did you ask that question?  |  COMEY: Yes.

  1. Hillary Clinton did not lie to the FBI.

COMEY: We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI.

  1. Clinton was not even evasive with the FBI.

COMEY: I don’t think the [FBI] agents assessed she was evasive [in their 3.5 hour interview with Hillary Clinton.]

  1. There is no truth to the idea that others are prosecuted for what Clinton did.

COMEY: There’s all kinds of folks watching this at home who are being told, ‘well, lots of other cases were prosecuted and she wasn’t.’ I want them to know, that’s not true!

The Republicans on that committee have been gunning for Hillary Clinton for years.  Time and again they have proven themselves to be the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

Flashback: Chaffetz and Gowdy Disclosed Sensitive Information, Outed a CIA Source

Chaffetz Flagrantly Used Personal Email

  • ABC News: Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s Business Card Lists His Gmail Address: “Hillary Clinton isn’t the only official who uses a non-government email address. A business card obtained by ABC News shows that Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, lists his Gmail address on his official House card.”

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On Multiple Occasions, Chaffetz Inappropriately Disclosed Sensitive Information

  • Washington Post, 7/15/11: Homeland Security to Chaffetz: Stop the leaks of sensitive information “The Department of Homeland Security has complained to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) about what it says was an inappropriate disclosure of sensitive security information to the press by the House transportation panel that he chairs….a clearly miffed Department of Homeland Security Deputy Counsel Joseph B. Maher told Chaffetz that “sensitive security information” provided to his subcommittee by the Transportation Security Administration was illegally disclosed to the press.”

  • Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, 10/10/12: Chaffetz Revealed CIA Information During A Televised Congressional Hearing: “When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA’s cover. […] Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was the first to unmask the spooks.

    “Now that Chaffetz had alerted potential bad guys that something valuable was in the photo, the chairman, Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), attempted to lock the barn door through which the horse had just bolted. ‘I would direct that that chart be taken down,’ he said, although it already had been on C-SPAN. ‘In this hearing room, we’re not going to point out details of what may still in fact be a facility of the United States government or more facilities.’ May still be a facility? The plot thickened — and Chaffetz gave more hints. ‘I believe that the markings on that map were terribly inappropriate,” he said, adding that “the activities there could cost lives.'”

Similarly, Trey Gowdy Released The Name Of A CIA Source During The Benghazi Committee

  • POLITICO, 10/19/15: Gowdy appears to accidentally release CIA source’s name: “House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy appears to have accidentally released the name of a CIA source in the midst of a back-and-forth with Democrats about how sensitive the information was and whether its presence in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account constituted a security breach.”

  • New Republic’s Brian Beutler, 10/9/15: Rep. Gowdy engaged in “flagrant misconduct” when he “fabricated a redaction in Clinton’s emails to make it look like she’d endangered a spy.”

  • Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, 10/20/15: Rep. Gowdy “made the sensational allegation” that Hillary Clinton burned a CIA Source, then completed the “comedy of errors” by publicly releasing the person’s name.

I remember that October 10, 2012 session so well. Chaffetz and the Republicans were lording it over the Dems on the committee because they had gone on a junket to Libya that they not only did not invite the Dems to, they didn’t even tell them they were going.  Showing off for having been there,  Chaffetz made a big scene when an aerial photo of “the annex” was shown.  He started saying that when he was there he was told never, never to discuss that building, and, in his flash of hubris, the world knew that “the annex” was actually a CIA operations base.  In exposing that information, Chaffetz clumsily shot himself and his party in the foot.  Their incessant cry asking why the Benghazi consulate remained open when other consulates had closed was answered with three letters.  There was also an active CIA operation in Benghazi.

Perusing the #ComeyHearing on Twitter, I saw Watergate come up in a few tweets.  To be clear, the only commonality between Watergate and this Benghazi come emails come server expedition is this: both the break-in at the DNC Watergate headquarters and the Republican Oversight Committee fishing expedition were Republican efforts to influence a presidential election.

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Seven days late and seven million dollars short, the Republicans of the Select Committee on Benghazi released their report today.  No Democrats on the Committee were involved in crafting the 800-page Republican report.  They released a report of their own yesterday.

To the surprise of no one, the Republican report contains no new evidence that Hillary Clinton did anything wrong, slept through the 3 a.m. phone call, gave any stand-down command, or that she blamed the attack on a video – which did exist – but she never cited that video as the motivation behind the attack.  Neither did any “Clinton administration” have anything to do with these attacks. One ended in 2001 and the other doesn’t begin until 2017.  Trey Gowdy’s slips of the tongue really say it all.

Nothing has been so wasteful in time and tax dollars as this so-called investigation.

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Hillary’s defense team was quick to respond to the Republican move.

“New Revelations” From Benghazi Report Notably Old

Republican efforts to exploit the Benghazi tragedy to score political points against Hillary Clinton has been both disturbing and fruitless.

Two years and $7 million after its inception, the taxpayer-funded partisan witch hunt known as the Benghazi Committee concluded quite fittingly: Republican members, who insisted in breaking precedent and releasing their own report rather than a bipartisan one from the committee, selectively leaked out portions of their report in the middle of the night.

As objective viewers quickly determined, the report offers no new evidence of wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton. So, having once again failed in their efforts to uncover a smoking gun, committee Republicans have opted to repackage previously known information and present it as new. Here are a few examples:

“NEW REVELATION” – A team of Marines was delayed on a runway in Spain as there were deliberations over what uniforms they should wear.

Benghazi Republicans Report Summary: “The following facts are among the many new revelations in Part I… A Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times.”

FACT – The uniform issue was revealed in 2013. It was again confirmed by Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee in 2014. Moreover, it had zero impact on the mission, and safety was the driving concern.

Fox News, 1/22/2013: “Fox News has learned that U.S. Marines who were part of a FAST (Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team) responding to Libya were told by the State Department to deplane, change out of their U.S. military uniforms and put on civilian clothes before flying to Tripoli… Defense Department spokesman George Little says that the FAST team would not have been in Libya in time to save any lives, and any delays to change out of military uniforms likely did not make a difference since all surviving State Department personnel left the consulate for the CIA Annex about an hour and 45 minutes after the attack began”

GOP Armed Services Committee Report on Benghazi, 2/2014: “Presumably, warfighters changed out of uniform because of concerns that the arrival of combat-ready troops might unduly alarm or inflame Libyan observers.  Although General Dempsey acknowledged to the Senate that this action delayed the platoon’s arrival in Libya, he said it was not enough to prevent it from getting to Benghazi before attack survivors departed.”

Select Committee on Benghazi Interview of Marine FAST Commander, 9/2/2015: QUESTION: And you mentioned that, even had you had aircraft collocated and loaded up within an hour, you could not have made it to Benghazi prior to the second attack. Is that right?

FAST COMMANDER: That is correct, ma’am. And as per FAST mission, we are not designed as a hostage rescue force. We are not—what was happening on the deck on the evening of the 11th to the morning of the 12th is not within the parameters of FAST mission. […]

QUESTION: And you mentioned in the last hour even the confusion you had over the uniforms did not make a difference in your ability to complete your mission. Is that right?

FAST COMMANDER: Absolutely not.

Pentagon Joint Staff Director For Operations Admiral Kurt Tidd, Interview with Select Committee on Benghazi, 4/4/2016: “It was from a security perspective that, I think, they were thinking of not moving uniformed marines at night in buses through the—you know—or, actually, in the early hours of the morning through downtown Tripoli to the embassy.”

“NEW REVELATION” – Clinton had planned to visit Libya at the end of 2012, and witness testimony asserted that she wanted the Benghazi post made permanent.

Benghazi Republicans Report Summary: “The following facts are among the many new revelations in Part III… Emails indicate senior State Department officials, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and Huma Abedin were preparing for a trip by the Secretary of State to Libya in October 2012. According to testimony, Chris Stevens wanted to have a “deliverable” for the Secretary for her trip to Libya, and that “deliverable” would be making the Mission in Benghazi a permanent Consulate.”

WaPo: House Benghazi report: Clinton was planning a trip to Libya before the attacks

The Hill: “Among the report’s new revelations is the notion that Ambassador Chris Stevens, one of the Americans killed, was in Benghazi with the aim of erecting a permanent diplomatic post, to replace the temporary one that came under fire.”

FACT – In 2013, Gregory Hicks, the Deputy Chief of Mission to Libya, publicly testified that Clinton had wanted the Benghazi post made permanent and had planned to visit Tripoli.

House Oversight Committee Hearing, 5/8/2013: REP. THOMAS MASSIE [R-KY]: Did you tell the Accountability Review Board about Secretary Clinton’s interest in establishing a permanent presence in Benghazi? […]

GREGORY HICKS: Yes, I did tell the Accountability Review Board that Secretary Clinton wanted the post made permanent. Ambassador Pickering looked surprised. He looked both ways on the — to the members of the board, saying, “Does the 7th floor know about this?” And another factor was our understanding that Secretary Clinton intended to visit Tripoli in December.

 

“NEW REVELATION” – Hillary Clinton attended a video conference that was held on the night of the attacks.

NBC News: “In a newly revealed two-hour secure video conference on the night of the attacks led by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and attended by Clinton and others…”

FACT – The video conference was previously known about; Hillary Clinton even wrote about it in her own book, ‘Hard Choices’.

Hillary Clinton, Hard Choices, pg. 327: “I headed to the Operations Center for a secure videoconference between various government agencies and the White House Situation Room, officials from the National Security Council, the CIA, the Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other agencies. This was a Deputies meeting that did not include Principals, but protocol was the last thing on my mind. I downloaded to the group my discussions with Greg and President Magariaf, and I stressed how critical it was to get our people out of Benghazi as quickly and safely as possible.”

Hillary chimed in briefly from the campaign trail in Denver where she unveiled a technology and innovation agenda.

Time to move on and worry about the almost 33,000 gun-related deaths a year in the United States.
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Last week, the Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi failed to meet their own self-imposed deadline for issuing a report. Democrats on that committee, mindful of their accountability to the American people who employ them, have proactively issued a report of their own with recommendations for better security at diplomatic missions.

The committee, established pursuant to H. Res. 567 passed on May 8, 2014, has spent two years chasing its own tail in efforts to bring down the then potential candidacy of Hillary Clinton who testified before the committee in an astounding 11-hour marathon on October 22, 2015 and essentially wore the adversarial Republicans down and out.

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No committee has been more transparently and abusively political except the House UnAmerican Actitives Committee (HUAC) which functioned from 1938 to 1975 and investigated alleged disloyalty and subversive activities of private citizens for the stated purpose of combating communism in government, education, entertainment and other aspects of American life.  Many innocent lives were scarred.

The Democratic report, just under 340 pages, heavy with documented testimony, and broad in scope, takes explicit and direct aim at the Republican political agenda and misuse of the committee and the information sought and gathered.  It is not Janet Evanovich,  Mary Higgins Clark or Dan Brown, but it is recommended summer reading that is sure to figure in the debates.

Read the report here >>>>

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Benghazi Committee fails to meet self-imposed deadline.

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FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2015, file photo, House Benghazi Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, confers with the committee’s ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., during the committee’s hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The committee has missed a self-imposed deadline to issue a report “before summer,” the latest setback for a probe that has gone on for more than two years and drawn scorn from Democrats who say the primary goal of the Republican-led investigation is to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Waste of tax dollars as are those spent still providing Bernie Sanders with Secret Service protection.

Lord almighty!  How some people just do not want a woman, and especially the one who is the most qualified person since Adams 2 , Jefferson, Adams 6, and Buchanan (the last former SOS elected).  Well, I am not sure those guys would have liked Hillary either, but I think they would have respected her.  And a few ex-POTUSes might have liked her. Geez!  She’s funny, and she’s cute, and she’s effing smart as blazes! Yeah. I think more than a few ex-POTUSes would have liked her a lot.  Especially FDR.

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First stop: Broward County Community College in Davie, FL.  Hillary spoke on a broad range of issues from college debt to universal pre-K to gun laws and Syria.

A volunteer sits by a campaign sign stating support of gun control before an event by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Broward College in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Volunteer Patti Lynn of Tamrac, Fla., sorts through campaign signs before an event by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Broward College in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a 'Grassroots' organizational event at Broward State College in Davie, Florida, October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Joe SkipperDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as she arrives for a campaign event at Broward College, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)10-02-15-Y-0710-02-15-Y-09

Miami: Surprise appearance with Marc Anthony

Hillary Clinton joins Marc Anthony onstage in Miami

Disguised as “Val the Bartender” on SNL Hillary gave Hillary campaign advice.  SNL has revealed a penchant for dual Hillaries this season.

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Hillary was the inaugural guest on Al Sharpton’s Sunday morning debut.

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The Today Show televised a town hall in Hollis, NH. Later a town hall in Manchester addressing gun violence and an early childhood education event.

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A farmers’ market in Davenport IA and a campaign event in Muscatine.

 

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim YoungDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton talks with Kandis Bower of Davenport, Iowa, and her 2-year old daughter Jaida before a community forum, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles as she arrives to speak at a community forum, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Audience members listen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a community forum, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shops at a farmer's market in Davenport, Iowa October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim YoungDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton talks with a vendor during a visit to the downtown Davenport Farmers Market, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Cornell College in Mt. Vernon and a campaign event at Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs.  In Mt. Vernon she sat with Judy Woodruff of PBS.

10-07-15-Y-03Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photo Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, following a campaign stop at the Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton holds up her book "Hard Choices", as she speaks Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, during a campaign stop at the Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton holds up a doll that was handed to her from the audience Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, during a campaign stop at the Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 38th annual Awards Gala in DC.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 38th Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)10-08-15-Z-09

With Black Lives Matter activists

Debate Day in Vegas joining Trump employees in drive to unionize.

PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands during a rally, Oct. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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Dems take the stage in LV and show the country what a grown-up debate looks like.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage before the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Insider watching from an undisclosed, secluded location.

10-13-15-TW-01Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont,, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton laugh during the CNN Democratic presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee take the stage before the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, left, speaks as Hillary Rodham Clinton looks on during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee take the stage before the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Also in LV, painters endorsed Hillary.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she receives an endorsement from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades President Kenneth Rigmaiden (R) during a visit to an IUPAT training center in Las Vegas, Nevada October 14, 2015. REUTERS/David BeckerDemocratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) looks on as instructor Marvin Alexander (C) watches over union apprentice Luis Rodriguez hang wallpaper during a visit to the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) training center in Las Vegas, Nevada October 14, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker10-14-15-Z-0110-14-15-Z-06

An ice cream stop and a rally

10-14-15-OZ-000001dDemocratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada October 14, 2015. REUTERS/David BeckerDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a rally Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)10-14-15-OZ-07

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and grassroots event in San Antonio

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives to speak to the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, stands with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, left, after she was introduced during a campaign event, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, center and his brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro, left, arrives for a campaign event, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves during a "Latinos for Hillary" rally in San Antonio, Texas October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Darren AbateA supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a sign during a campaign event, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a "Latinos for Hillary" rally in San Antonio, Texas October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Darren AbateA Clinton supporter holds up a sign while waiting for Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak during a "Latinos for Hillary" rally in San Antonio, Texas October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Abate10-15-15-Z-0410-15-15-Z-1010-15-15-Z-14

A town hall in Keene NH and an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s The Lead

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton reaches out to shake hands with a potential supporter after a town hall meeting, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Keene, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

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A”Meet and Greet” in Nashua

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign "Meet and Greet" in Nashua, New Hampshire October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brian SnydeFive-year-old Ashlyn Baugher, dressed in her Halloween costume as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, poses for photographs at a campaign "Meet and Greet" in Nashua, New Hampshire October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The Alabama Democratic Conference in Hoover

10-17-15-Y-02Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as she speaks during a meeting of the Alabama Democratic Conference in Hoover, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Clinton tells black Alabama Democrats that she'd champion voting rights in the White House. She says Republicans are dismantling the progress of the civil rights movement. (AP Photo/ Mark Almond)

The long-anticipated and very long day on Capitol Hill with the Select Committee on Benghazi. Eleven hours and she was still smiling and unbowed on exit.

Transcript of opening statement >>>>

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Followed by the Democratic Women’s Leadership Forum the next day and a rally with Terry McAuliffe in Alexandria, VA.

 

10-23-15-Z-0110-23-15-Z-0310-23-15-Z-07Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) is introduced by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (R) as she takes the stage for a rally with grassroots supporters in Alexandria, Virginia, October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) takes the stage for a rally with grassroots supporters with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (L) in Alexandria, Virginia, October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

She dropped in on Rachel Maddow.

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On to Iowa for a big rally!

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Wearing red, white, and blue – in that order.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a campaign rally with her husband former President Bill Clinton and singer Katy Perry in Des Moines, Iowa, October 24, 2015. REUTERS/Scott MorganFormer president Bill Clinton speaks during a rally for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, before the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Singer Katy Perry performs during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton before the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally with her husband former President Bill Clinton and singer Katy Perry in Des Moines, Iowa, October 24, 2015. REUTERS/Scott MorganDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton walk off the stage during a rally before the Iowa Democratic party's Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register via AP) MAGS OUT, TV OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley arrive at the 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, October 24, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Morgan(L-R) Hillary Clinton, Iowa Democratic Chairwoman Andy McGuire, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley, greet the crowd at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa on October 24, 2015. REUTERS/Mark KauzlarichDemocratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, talk backstage before the start of the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders (L), Hillary Clinton (C) and Martin O'Malley are introduced at the 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, October 24, 2015. REUTERS/Scott MorganDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, wave to supporters after the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

With Colbert on The Late Show

In this image released by CBS, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, appears with host Stephen Colbert during a taping of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015, in New York. (Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via AP)

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“Politics & Eggs lunch” at the Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH
10-28-15-Y-02Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives to speak at a campaign stop at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
In Meredith, New Hampshire, she visited Moulton Farms
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a basket of apples at Moulton Farm in Meredith, New Hampshire October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Katherine TaylorU.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with owner John Moulton (L) and field manager Kyle Lacasse (R) at Moulton Farm in Meredith, New Hampshire October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Katherine Taylor
Carroll County Democratic Committee’s Annual Grover Cleveland Dinner in Bartlett, NH
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claps with the crowd at the "Carroll County Democratic Committee's Annual Grover Cleveland Dinner" at the Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, New Hampshire October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Katherine Taylor10-28-15-Y-33U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton applauds at the "Carroll County Democratic Committee's Annual Grover Cleveland Dinner" at the Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, New Hampshire, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Katherine Taylor
White Mountain Cafe and White Mountain Community College in Berlin, NH
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) speaks at White Mountain Cafe in Gorham, New Hampshire October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Katherine Taylor
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton laughs with customer Sandra Medeiros at the White Mountain Cafe & Bookstore, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Gorham, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at town hall meeting at White Mountain Community College, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Berlin, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at town hall meeting at White Mountain Community College, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Berlin, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives at a town hall meeting at White Mountain Community College, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Berlin, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Rural Economic Roundtable at Littleton High School in NH
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to employees at the Littleton Dinner in Littleton, New Hampshire October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Katherine TaylorU.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Littleton Rural Economic Roundtable at Littleton High School in Littleton, New Hampshire October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Katherine TaylorU.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with 9 years old Katie Williamson of Franconia, New Hampshire at the Littleton Rural Economic Roundtable at Littleton High School in Littleton, New Hampshire October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Katherine Taylor
The Honorable John Lewis and and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed were the hosts at Clark Atlanta University for the launch of African Americans for Hillary.
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 In Charleston were she received the endorsement of the Longshoremen’s Association
Ken Riley (R), president of the ILA Local 1422, talks to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before announcing the union's national endorsement of Clinton to members of the International Longshoremen's Association in Charleston, South Carolina, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Randall HillMary Smith of Charleston holds a union support sign before a speech by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to members of The International Longshoremen's Association in Charleston, South Carolina, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Randall HillEleven-month-old Veronica Branhon is held by her mother Valerie before a speech by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to members of The International Longshoremen's Association in Charleston, South Carolina, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Randall HillA supporter holds her child while taking a photo as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to members of The International Longshoremen's Association in Charleston, South Carolina, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Randall HillKen Riley (L), President of the ILA local 1422, announces the union's national endorsement of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) as Charleston Mayor Joe Riley (R) looks on before Clinton's speech to members of The International Longshoremen's Association in Charleston, South Carolina, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

 Mini-Hillary in her Halloween costume.

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As the dust settled after last night’s debate and two Hillarys reunited with Sarah on SNL, I realized that there are only 12 days left in the year!

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It is time to take a look back at Hillary’s year.  The countdown continues to New Year’s Eve.

As the new year began, a Quinnipiac poll selected Hillary …

Hillary Clinton: New Yorkers’ Dream Date

January 5, 2015

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Sadly, Mario Cuomo passed away on New Year’s Day.

Bill and Hillary Clinton Attend Funeral for Mario Cuomo

January 6, 2015

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Hillary teamed up with Carole King to raise funds for the Clinton Foundation.

Hillary Clinton and Carole King to Team Up for a Fundraiser

January 15, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, greets Senator Dianne Feinstein as singer Carole King, left, at an October fundraiser. Associated Press

She continued her public speaking tour – this time above the border.

Hillary Clinton in Winnipeg

January 21, 2015

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Hillary Clinton in Saskatoon – Not With 65 Secret Service Agents, Though

January 22, 2015

She told this audience that extremism was spreading – long before Donald Trump began his tirades.

Hillary Clinton talked about terrorism, democracy, the importance of early childhood education, but not the Keystone XL pipeline.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away.

President and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

January 23, 2015

So did Ernie Banks.

Tweets from Hillary Clinton: R.I.P. Ernie Banks

January 24, 2015

 

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Hillary asserted that she would testify before Congress.  The testimony was delayed time and again by the Select Committee on Benghazi and did not occur until October – and it was awesome!

Of Course Hillary Clinton Will Testify As Requested!

January 27, 2015

Congressman: Hillary Clinton agrees to testify to House’s Benghazi panel

Washington (CNN)Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify to the House’s select committee investigating Benghazi, the panel’s Democratic ranking member told CNN on Tuesday.

Rep. Elijah Cummings said that Clinton agreed to testify before the committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in December after her contacted her a months earlier.

… and there were wrongheaded Republican attacks.  Reminder, Hillary worked very well with Sergei Lavrov and they crafted the very crucial New START treaty.

Mitt Romney needs a reality check. What else is new?

January 28, 2015

It was a sad month, with the deaths.   The GOP was gunning for her  Their fear of her never takes a back seat, but neither does Hillary Clinton’s ability to attract a receptive audience.

 

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How ironic and extraordinarily well-planned that around 11:30 last night on NBC a trailer popped up for a movie that will not be released until January 15.  What a supreme coincidence that the subject of the movie is the terrorist attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi.  Many will cite moments from the hearing, but the real WTF moment occurred after it ended with the appearance of the trailer for this movie.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Director: Michael Bay

Writers: Chuck Hogan (screenplay), Mitchell Zuckoff (book)

The trailer appeared a little more than 13 hours from the moment Hillary Clinton commenced her testimony before the House Select committee.  Disturbing.  What is the basis for this movie?  Like Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, it is billed as “based on a true story,” but there is a subtle difference between “a true story” and “based on a true story.”

Since I had never heard such a movie was in production and had never heard of the book on which it is based, I, of course, googled and found this.

Politicians, bloggers and social-media users bemoan ‘typical action movie all about American heroism’ that paints locals as ‘fanatical and ignorant’

Furious Libyans have criticised a Michael Bay movie about the fatal 2012 attack on the US embassy in Benghazi for playing up the heroism of American soldiers and ignoring the contribution of local people.

The first trailer for Bay’s action thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi has caused uproar in Libya’s second-largest city after it was circulated on social media, with government officials, bloggers and Facebook users lining up to criticise the film.

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The US release of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which stars John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Toby Stephens and Pablo Schreiber, has also been caught up in controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s current US presidential run. Clinton, who was US secretary of state at the time of the Benghazi attack, has been accused by Republicans of using a private email account to conduct government business during the period. The January release of Bay’s film, two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, constitutes poor timing in terms of the former first lady’s campaign – especially if Bay’s film proves a big hit at the box office.

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Those who purchased the air time at NBC arguably had no way to know how long yesterday’s testimony would last.  Had clock-watcher nonpareil Linda Sanchez not asked how late the proceedings were going to continue last night, we all might still have been tuned to C-SPAN, and I would not have seen the trailer.  Linda remained conscientiously within her allotted time throughout while the chairman routinely allowed Republicans to go well beyond – often by more than four minutes.  We can speculate that had Lynn Westmoreland been allowed another round, he again would have asked why the secretary did not send in FEST, and Hillary would have retained her consistently patient demeanor and explained again that he misunderstood what FEST is and does.  She clearly was prepared to stay as long as necessary.

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Given that some Republicans appeared to think another round of questions was coming, it seemed a little abrupt and anti-climactic when Trey Gowdy suddenly called the session to a close as it was about to enter the 12th hour.  Sort of like he waved a white flag.  “We surrender, Hillary! We cannot outlast you or trip you up.”

Until I saw the trailer,  I did not realize how close the hearing came to the duration of the attacks.  I am pretty sure Hillary and many committee members were aware of that.  As for the background of this movie, its accuracy, intent, and the money behind it,  there are many questions.  If all we know right now is that residents of Benghazi are angered,  that is enough to arouse suspicion since we all remember that it was the Libyans who found Chris Stevens and moved him to a hospital.  They knew him and liked him,  and if they are insulted by this film,  something here rankles.

That the release comes in the eleventh hour before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries implies a nefarious intent and yet another shameful use of this tragedy as a political tool.

Somehow I can predict that this post will go largely ignored while everyone celebrates Hillary’s great week with “This Girl’s on Fire!” posters.  Fiddling while Rome burns.  We need to get to the bottom of this movie mystery.

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Update: 11/10/15

They played an extended ad ( two-minutes) for 13 Hours in the middle of tonight’s debate.

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Within minutes, Michael Bay was trending on Twitter.  Fortunately, many tweets were about how fishy this convergence was but not all were negative by a long shot.

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