Liberals, Democrats and their defenders in the media have long pointed to the Accountability Review Board’s (ARB) “investigation” of the Benghazi scandal when dismissing conservative and Republican questions about what really happened in Benghazi. From the start the ARB’s investigation has seemed highly flawed, to say the least, but now we have new information that proves the ARB never had a chance to produce a “real” investigation.
Former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson had an exclusive interview with Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell who told her that before the ARB ever saw any of the Benghazi related evidence, Hillary Clinton’s closest advisors went through and removed the most damning evidence!
Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.
At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe.
When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.
“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell. He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisers.
“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”
So if the ARB did not have complete access to all of the available information – how reliable can their investigation really be? There were already many questions about their investigation that led observers to believe the entire process was greatly flawed, this latest information should be the final nail in the ARB investigation’s coffin.
The ARB investigation was a complete farce. The conclusions reached by their research, flawed from the beginning, should now be completely discarded. The ARB not only failed not only to question the most important players in the Benghazi incident they didn’t even have access to the most important information!
If Hillary Clinton hadn’t already proven herself to be unsuitable for the Presidency… this latest incident should end any hope she holds to ever be our nation’s leader.
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