Hillary Clinton met with Republican House members and Republican senators in two separate meetings to brief them about the terrorist attack in Libya on the U.S. consulate on Thursday. She tried to make the Administration’s case that the attacks were unpremeditated, but Republicans didn’t believe her.
Clinton tried to shore up her case by bringing along Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Obama acolytes all, but the Republicans saw through the attempted subterfuge.
From the House: Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) bluntly stated, “They’re trying to cover their behinds.” When he was asked whether Clinton succeeded, he crisply responded, “No.” Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, was just as blunt, saying what happened was a “planned, premeditated attack. It’s pretty obvious [Stevens] did not have adequate security.” Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, (R-Ca) added, “I believe that it’s really a stretch — a long stretch — to believe that all of this by briefing.”
The Senate wasn’t buying it either; Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) blasted:
That is the most useless worthless briefing I have attended in a long time. I really think they hurt themselves tremendously from the standpoint of trying to build trust. It, if anything, built far greater distrust in what’s happening than in answering questions. It was pretty unbelievable.
Even John McCain, who can cross the aisle with the best of them, suddenly attacked the Administration: “From this administration, I have never gotten information that I have not seen or heard before.” He jabbed the needle in farther, saying that including Thursday’s Libya briefing, the White House has maintained “a perfect record” in that regard.
Clinton has been parroting the Administration’s line that the consulate attack was not a premeditated attack that was planned for the anniversary of 9/11, but a protest in reaction to an anti-Islam video. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice has already staked out that territory on the Sunday news shows. The administration first denied the attacks were terrorist attacks, but gave ground after evidence made it clear that they were lying. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that when the Administration denied that the attacks were by terrorists, it “sets our efforts back” to deal with al Qaeda in Libya.
The real question is, will Obama throw Clinton under the bus as it becomes clear that she was negligent in her duties?