Exclusive: Potential Benghazi Game Changer
Veterans For a Strong America has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all the State Department’s emails pertaining to the Benghazi attacks, particularly those from then Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The request was filed today on behalf of VSA and their founder Joel Arends by prominent DC attorney Mark Zaid.
Zaid has been named a DC Superlawyer for his work on behalf of national security whistle-blowers. As his Wikipedia page states, Zaid’s work includes “suing Libya for the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103 which resulted in a $2.7 billion settlement, the largest of its kind against a foreign government for terrorist activities.”
The FOIA request, obtained by SteveDeace.com, “seeks all records created, received and/or maintained by the Department of State (“State”), including all cross-references, constituting e-mails and telephonic records regarding the attacks against U.S. Government facilities and personnel in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.”
The request specifically calls for the release of all Hillary Clinton’s communications (emails, phone records, and transcripts) on September 11 -12, 2012, that involve Benghazi.
That includes Secretary Clinton’s official State e-mail address “and any “alias” State e-mail addresses, as well as any personal e-mail addresses that were used in her official capacity and for the purpose of conducting official U.S. Government business.”
Veterans For a Strong America’s request comes amid ongoing Benghazi investigations in Congress, the latest in “an extensive and wide-array of inquiries, including an internal State investigation and eight separate investigations by Congressional committees.”
The group says the release of Clinton’s documents would serve “the public’s understanding of Government operations and activities,” particularly since the ARB did not interview Secretary Clinton as part of its investigation.
The request notes:
To date and to the best of our understanding, no records have been produced publicly reflecting the details of Secretary Clinton’s interactions with other State officials (and/or other parts of the U.S. Government) during the 36 hour timeframe at issue in this request. That timeframe encompasses the entirety of the attacks on U.S. Government facilities and personnel in Benghazi.
Disclosure of responsive records would clarify the nature and extent of Secretary Clinton’s involvement in handling the assessment of the initial reports about the attacks, as well as her involvement (if any) in advising the U.S. Government in how to respond (including contingency plans to evacuate U.S. Government personnel). Those actions constitute a basic and essential government activity, namely evaluating and responding to attacks on the U.S. Government and its personnel.
SteveDeace.com will continue to follow this developing story.
For updates, see Veterans For a Strong America’s website.