Benghazi Lies Began With Obama and Hillary?

Hillary Clinton
This all leads me to conclude that Hillary Clinton originated the video lie in partnership with the Obama White House.
Judicial Watch
Judicial Watch

Washington, DC – -( When the complete history is written of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the dishonesty and duplicity of the Obama White House will be an inescapable fact.

As we celebrate Independence Day, Americans ought to be disturbed about the ethical quality of the men and women in high office.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence would surely be aghast at the unethical, lawless leadership in Washington, D.C.

However, I’d like to think the Founders would be happy with the vigilance and persistence of Judicial Watch in holding our government leaders accountable for their misdeeds.

To that end, this week we released new State Department documents showing that Hillary Clinton and the State Department’s response to the Benghazi attack was immediately determined by top Obama White House officials, particularly Ben Rhodes, then-White House deputy strategic communications adviser, and Bernadette Meehan, a spokesperson for the National Security Council. The new documents were forced from the State Department under court order in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

A September 11, 2012, email sent at 6:21 p.m. by State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland to Meehan, Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, and Clinton’s personal aide Jacob Sullivan, shows that the State Department deferred to the White House on the official response to the Benghazi attack. Referencing pending press statements by Barack Obama and Clinton, Nuland wrote: “We are holding for Rhodes clearance. BMM, pls advise asap.”

Meehan responded three minutes later, at 6:24 p.m.: “Ben is good with these and is on with Jake now too.”

Rhodes sent an email at 9:48 p.m. to senior White House and State officials on the issue: “We should let the State Department statement be our comment for the night.”

Obama and Hillary Clinton talk. The White House along with State then composes and issues Hillary Clinton’s statement falsely tying the Internet video to the attack.

An email from Meehan, sent at 10:15 p.m. on September 11 to Rhodes, Nuland, Sullivan, Kennedy and Clinton aide Philippe Reines, further confirms the White House approval of Hillary Clinton’s statement tying the Benghazi terrorist attack to an Internet video: “All, the Department of State just released the following statement. Per Ben [Rhodes’] email below, this should be the USG comment for the night.”

The “USG comment” turned out to be Clinton’s notorious public statement, made hours after the initial terrorist attack, falsely suggesting that the Benghazi assault was a “response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”

Rhodes emailed Meehan, Sullivan and Reines at 11:45 p.m. on September 11, writing, “Fyi – we are considering releasing this tonight.” The next line is redacted. The email also included a “Readout of President’s Call to Secretary Clinton,” the contents of which are also completely redacted.

On September 12, the day after the attack, Meehan sent an email to Obama administration officials announcing that “to ensure we are all in sync on messaging for the rest of the day, Ben Rhodes will host a conference call for USG communicators on this chain at 9:15AM ET today.”

Think about this timeline. Obama and Hillary Clinton talk. The White House along with State then composes and issues Hillary Clinton’s statement falsely tying the Internet video to the attack. We can’t find any other government documents other than Hillary’s statement that September 11, 2012, night tying the attack to the video.

This all leads me to conclude that Hillary Clinton originated the video lie in partnership with the Obama White House.

And I’m willing to bet that the phone call earlier between Clinton and Obama set the whole lie in motion. As I told Fox News this week, if the details of the call were helpful, the details would be released. As they’re being kept secret, one can assume the details of the Obama-Clinton call are damning.

As if the new White House bombshells weren’t enough, the new documents show that the Obama administration engaged domestic and foreign Islamist groups and foreign nationals to push the Internet video narrative.

The day after the attack, Rashad Hussain, the Obama administration’s special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), sent an email to Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen, the OIC’s ambassador to the United Nations, and Cenk Uraz, an official with the OIC, pushing the video as the cause of the Benghazi attack. The OIC is supported by 57 nations and purports to be “the collective voice of the Muslim world.” The OIC is no friend of freedom and is an apologist for terrorism, to put it charitably. So this pernicious international body is, of course, a key ally for the Obama Benghazi disinformation campaign. The Obama envoy’s email has the subject line: “Urgent: Anti-Islamic Film and Violence” and reads in part:

I am sure you are considering putting a statement on the film and the related violence.  In addition to the condemnation of the disgusting depictions, it will be important to emphasize the need to respond in a way that is consistent with Islamic principles, i.e. not engaging in violence and taking innocent life …

The resulting OIC statement, sent to Hussain by the OIC’s Uraz, linked the film, as requested by the Obama administration, to the Benghazi attack and suggested that the United States restrict free speech in response. The official OIC statement called the film “incitement” and stated that the attack in Benghazi and a demonstration in Cairo “emanated from emotions aroused by a production of a film had hurt [sic] the religious sentiments of Muslims.  The two incidents demonstrated serious repercussions of abuse of freedom of expression.” The OIC’s statement referenced its own efforts to criminalize criticism of Islam. Hussain sent the OIC statement immediately to other Obama administration officials, including then-Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills, who thanks Hussain for the email.

Barack Obama contempt for America is Obvious
Obama engaged domestic and foreign Islamist groups and foreign nationals to push the Internet video narrative.

The State Department withheld communications on September 12, 2012, between Hillary Clinton’s senior aide Huma Abedin and Rashad Hussain about an article passed by him about how “American Muslim leaders” were tying the video to the Benghazi attack.

At the time of the Benghazi attack, Abedin had been double-dipping, working as a consultant to outside clients while continuing as a top adviser at State.

Abedin’s outside clients included Teneo, a strategic consulting firm co-founded by former Bill Clinton counselor Doug Band. According to Fox News, Abedin earned $355,000 as a consultant for Teneo, in addition to her $135,000 “special government employee” compensation.

There’s more:

The State Department also disclosed a document, dated September 13, 2012, entitled “USG Outreach and Engagement Post Benghazi Attack.” This record details how the Obama administration reached out to domestic groups, foreign groups and governments in a full-court press to tie the video to the Benghazi attack. The document captures USG efforts to engage outside voices to encourage public statements that denounce the attack make it clear that the anti-Muslim film does not reflect American [sic].” The document highlights the use of Hillary Clinton’s statement tying the terrorist attack to an Internet video. The “outreach” document also highlights “Special Envoy’s engagement” with the OIC and the “Saudi Ambassador.”

The documents show that the Internet video was raised in a September 15 discussion between Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The “eyes only” “secret” document was partially declassified. Davutoglu “called the controversial anti-Islam video a ‘clear provocation,’ but added that wise people should not be provoked by it.” The next line is blacked out and the markings show that it will not be declassified until 2027, more than 12 years from now.

Another email, evidently from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), sent to Meehan and other top White House and administration officials, shows that the administration took no action to deploy military assets almost five hours after the attack begun:

OSD has received queries asking if military assets are being sent to either location [Libya and Egypt].  Have responded “not to our knowledge.”

The State Department referred Judicial Watch to documents in the batch of 55,000 emails allegedly turned over by Hillary Clinton and searched in response to the court order in this lawsuit. These emails were published on the State Department’s web site, but are also available here. In addition, the State Department produced new documents containing Hillary Clinton emails. In one such email (September 11, 2012, at 11:40 p.m.) from Clinton to Nuland, Sullivan and top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, with the subject line “Chris Smith,” Clinton writes: “Cheryl told me the Libyans confirmed his death. Should we announce tonight or wait until morning?”

Nuland responds: “We need to ck family’s druthers. If they are OK, we should put something out from you tonight.” Mills then replies to Nuland, “Taking S [Secretary of State Hillary Clinton] off.” (Sean Smith, not “Chris Smith” was one of four Americans killed at Benghazi.)

On September 13, 2012, Politico’s Mike Allen sent then-National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor an news article entitled “America was warned of embassy attack but did nothing.” The story reported that “senior officials are increasingly convinced” the Benghazi attack was “not the result of spontaneous anger.” Vietor forwarded the story to other top White House and State Department officials, but Vietor’s accompanying comments and the comments of other top Obama appointees are completely redacted. The administration also redacted several emails of top State officials discussing a statement by a Romney campaign spokesman criticizing the “security situation in Libya.”

In April 2014, Judicial Watch first obtained smoking-gun documents showing that it was the Obama White House’s public relations effort that falsely portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”

The documents include an email by White House operative Ben Rhodes sent on Friday, September 14, 2012, with the subject line: “RE: PREP CALL with Susan, Saturday at 4:00 pm ET.” This “prep” was for Ambassador Susan Rice in advance of her appearances on Sunday news shows to discuss the Benghazi attack and deflect criticism of the administration’s security failures by blaming the attack on spontaneous protests linked to the video.

The email listed as one of the administration’s key talking points:

“Goal”: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”

So the goal is not to tell the truth. Just so we’re clear on that much.

What we have uncovered in just the past few days is part of a larger continuum.

Documents released by our team last month further confirm that the Obama administration, including Hillary Clinton, Rice and Obama immediately knew the attack was an al-Qaeda terrorist attack.

US Ambassador Christopher Stevens Benghazi
Obama and Hillary Clinton failed the nation, and most terribly, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

These latest documents show the Obama White House was behind the big lie, first promoted by Hillary Clinton, that an Internet video caused the Benghazi terrorist attack. Top White House aide Ben Rhodes, Hillary Clinton and many key Obama officials pushed others, including Islamist terror allies, to tie the Internet video to the attacks. How disturbing it is that the Obama administration would use Islamist radicals to push the false Benghazi story in a way that would abridge free speech. It is little wonder that Mrs. Clinton and the entire Obama administration have fought so hard to keep these documents from the American people. All evidence now points to Hillary Clinton, with the approval of the White House, as being the source of the Internet video lie.

Obama and Hillary Clinton failed the nation, and most terribly, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, who were both killed in the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012.  Several hours after the initial assault, a second terrorist attack took place targeting a different compound located just one mile away. Two CIA contractors, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were killed in this second attack and 10 others were injured. The Obama gang failed those two heroes, as well.

We aim to vindicate them and that’s why we are happy to do the work of an AWOL Congress, media and federal bureaucracy in ferreting out the truth about this continuing scandal.

Until next week…

Tom Fitton
Judicial Watch

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Is anyone really surprised? Obummer, and hilary, have had this plan in place for years. This is the payoff the DNC promised hilery when they let obummer have the nod. This deal is just part of the reason obummer does absolutely nothing about the illegal aliens invading our country each day. It is said that the United States has not been invaded since the Revolution. Folks, we have been invaded again. I am just hoping that the people of America that believe in the Constitution, and our history, has something to say not only now, but in 2016. There appears… Read more »


What resonates with me when I see that pictute of Christopher Stevens is when that Hillary c*nt ,….do you remember ?…..’what difference does it make ?


We need to keep bringing up the the 400 Stinger missiles she armed the Qataris with , are now in the hands of the Taliban, Internet search of stinger missile downs Chinook helicopter will bring it up . Look at the 2300 humvees that Daesh (ISIS’s real name)now uses captured in Mosel. Daesh has Colt m16a4 s/n 10052751 . Whats the history of that rifle. Lets find out how they ended up with all this U.S. hardware. If the Iraqi’s are going to drop their arms and run we shouldn’t be arming them. The Kurdish seem like they are the… Read more »

Thomas Kingsbury

She and her comrades are showing their pledge of SOLIDARITY when the distribution of such weapons are masked as a stupid mistake.


the saddest part is the payments made after these acts were carried out against the citizens of the USA.
Obama sent Hillary to the Middle East to set up the system of hiring guards and supplying them with access, weapons and cash. The only connection being their connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and Obama’s treasnious acts

Street Survivor

The she devil. in the pants suit, Hitlery Clinton, was selected by the Bilderburgs in 2008.But first a Marxist muslim mulatto,as Potus. Then a woman, collectivist, progressive ,communist as potus in 2016. She will burn America to the ground. She hates what America stands for worse than Potus Barry Sorieto. They say follow the money .How about following the mysterious deaths of every one who had had any dirt on Mr. and Mrs. Dirtbag Clinton. A national neck tie party is needed. Soap box, ballot box ,all lies. Time for the ammo box ,as remedy of last resort.


It’s the cover-up by the media that is the most disappointing to me. This was a weapons running operation gone very wrong by the Obama administrations.
Interesting fact the company that the wife of Mike Rogers worked for at the time of Benghazi was responsible for the security at Benghazi. How did her company get that contract and its interesting he is no longer in the government.

john Carr

No matter what, I bet Hag- Hillary will the next Prez.


The skank don’t stand a chance. Cruz/Paul is an unbeatable GOP ticket in my opinion ! A little off topic,but alot of ex presidents have their presidential librarys built in their hometowns. I just wonder if they have picked out a good spot for obamas in Kenya,Africa yet ? Chicago or Hawaii wont work because he is a kenyan born african muslim ! I know the Kenyans would welcome it for their favorite son,but it sure wont generate any revenue ! Or he could have it in Cuba or down Mexico way too ! I guess the only thing on… Read more »


My question is this; Why hasn’t Congress done something about the likes of Clinton and Obama? They have done more damage to the USA than any enemy we have except the “supreme court”. Of course the liberals on this court are siding with these two treasonous scumbags !!, Isn’t there sufficient grounds for firing these two haters of liberty ???


Nothing new here. The direction of America is in the hands of a bunch of ‘faculty lounge’ Leftists with no real experience outside of Academia.


Remember all the other people that likely knew the truth to Clinton scandals, like body guards, that wound up accidentally dead? Kinda makes you wonder what our Ambassador to Benghazi knew, doesn’t it. So Trey Gowdy has a public hearing/trial and provides proof positive without a shadow of doubt that the traitors Clinton and Obama are guilty of . . . what? Incompetence? Lying? That they are scumbags who won’t lift a finger to help American citizens unless they get something in return? The $64,000 question is what penalty do they pay? Everybody already knows the truth about these people.… Read more »


They had this video in their back pocket for, likely months in advance, for just such another ME screw-up. A big fat, ready made lie, waiting for just such an attack.


‘A winks a good as a nod to a blind mule’ ! Hillary Clinton is just a worthless,useless b*tch that has never done a damn thing for this country ! (in a positive sense) ! Trey Gowdy will get this skank to testify under oath before Congress under subpoena about Benghazi and the deliberate,illegal email deletion fiasco one way or the other. Its all a cover up with Hussein Obama leading the way.

Dirk Gently

To use the picture of Mr Stevens to promote your propaganda piece is sickening. Hopefully you troglodytes catch Ebola.


Keep drinking the koolaid you idiot.
That picture should be shown every time Hillary appears in a campaign ad.


My thinking exactly!