This weekend, senior aides to former Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informed a group of Democratic foreign policy experts that they want to “move past” Benghazi, and have developed a messaging strategy to close the book on the Benghazi discussion once and for all. We are reminded that with the Clintons, it’s all politics all the time.
A key part of this plan has been the hiring of Tommy Vietor to deal with any and all backlash that comes as a result of the launch of Sec. Clinton’s latest book. You may recall Tommy Vietor as the former NSC spokesman and longtime aide to President Barack Obama. But you will definitely remember him as the man who told Bret Baier, “Dude, [Bengahzi] was like, two years ago!” on Fox News Special Report a month ago.
This hire by Hillary Clinton and her team makes it clear that they are very sensitive about the ongoing Benghazi investigation, and want to use Vietor to coordinate damage control with the Obama White House. The Clinton attack machine is ramping up for sure. Phase one is to attempt to discredit the new Benghazi select committee, which started in earnest last week when former Secretary Clinton said she would likely not cooperate with the investigation because it will amount to a “political slugfest.”
The attacks on the Gowdy Committee from the Clinton team will only get sharper and more intense as pressure builds for Secretary Clinton to testify. The attacks will soon turn into personal character assassinations of the Republican Members on the committee as the hearings begin and the investigation proceeds. It’s just a matter of time. The Clinton playbook of publicly destroying political opponents has been going on for 40 years and it won’t be changing anytime soon. The American people shouldn’t be surprised when it comes, and I hope they won’t have an appetite for it.
As the Clinton’s start their predictable distraction and obstruction tactics, it’s critical for the American people to keep their eye on the ball. What really happened in Benghazi and during its aftermath, and why does it make Hillary Clinton so uneasy? Earlier this year, my organization Citizens United put together a book called “The Benghazi Report: Because it DOES make a difference.” In this book, we put together a timeline of the events and tried to fill in some of the blanks that continue to elude the American people.
Mr. Vietor let it slip out during the same outstanding interview by Bret Baier that Obama was never in the Situation Room during the Benghazi attack. This is a reminder that only by keeping up the pressure and asking the tough questions can we can finally get the answers. Hillary Clinton’s decision to hire Tommy Vietor speaks volumes and reminds us that some things never change. The Gowdy Committee must be supported in their quest for the truth. Join me in demanding answers and accountability. The Clinton team will try to make you lose sight of what’s important, don’t let them do it. Americans and the families of the victims of the Benghazi terrorist attack deserve it.