Recently I wrote an article warning people about “passionate activists.” But in that warning I didn’t just mean activists, I meant any individual or group that is overly passionate about one particular thing. Many times I’ve found those people or groups that are overly committed to one issue tend to seek out information that confirms their beliefs on that issue, whether or not it’s actually factual or even relevant.
It reminds me of a saying I often use, “Who’s watching the watchers”?
And when it comes to political investigations, it’s especially true. Which is why when I ran across a Mother Jones article detailing accusations made by Democrats that Republicans were hiding and covering up information about Benghazi, I wasn’t at all surprised.
The truth is, Republicans aren’t trying to find out what really happened in Benghazi because we already know what happened. Over a year ago we had a bipartisan report released from the Senate Intelligence Committee that debunked all of the right-wing conspiracies that have been swirling around this attack since 2012. Then, just a couple of months ago we had another report, this time from a Republican-led investigation into Benghazi, that also debunked all of the conservative nonsense that’s been driving these ridiculous conspiracies for well over two years.
Case closed, right? Of course not. Because nearly as soon as the Republican-led committee released their report debunking all of these right-wing lies, House Speaker John Boehner announced that he was going to appoint another committee to continue to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya.
Well, according to the article on Mother Jones, Democrats are accusing Republicans of cutting Democrats out of meetings with key witnesses Republicans are questioning, and trying to hide information from witness testimony that undermines the Republican conspiracies they’ve been trying to push against the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton. Not only that, but when all five Democrats from this committee sent letters Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) requesting that they be a part of all witness interviews and meetings, their request was denied.
Part of the letter Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent to Gowdy said:
Democrats have repeatedly been excluded from core components of the investigation, and we have been proceeding with no rules to prevent this from occurring in the future. You have…withheld or downplayed information when it undermines the allegations we are investigating.
Cummings used as an example an instance when the GOP staff interviewed a witness who verified that there was no illegal transfer of weapons from Libya to Syria:
Instead of crediting her testimony to help put this previously investigated and debunked allegation to rest, you followed up your private, Republican-only interview of this witness by requesting a broad set of documents from the State Department on this debunked allegation. In addition, your staff has now informed us that they do not intend to use this individual as a factual witness in the Committee’s investigation.
It’s so blatantly obvious what Republicans are trying to do with Benghazi. They’re going to keep investigating this attack over and over again to try to use it against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
And it won’t matter how many times their lies have been exposed, how many ridiculous conspiracies have been debunked or how shady and unethical their “investigations” are – conservatives will continue to believe their nonsense. It’s absolutely absurd that over a year since a bipartisan committee debunked these right-wing lies, and just a couple of months removed from a Republican-led investigation that determined that all of these conspiracies are baseless, we’re dealing with yet another investigation into the same exact information that’s been investigated almost continuously for the last 2 1/2 years.
The truth is, Republicans aren’t “conducting an investigation” – they’re leading a witch hunt. They’re not looking for the truth, because we already know what the truth about Benghazi is. What they’re doing now is trying to find any possible way to link anything to the Obama administration, and more importantly, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This is nothing but disgusting partisan politics pure and simple.
Which brings me back to my question of who’s watching the watchers. Because while Republicans claim they’re the group trying to hold people accountable for a “cover up” that they know doesn’t exist, they are actually the ones hiding and concealing the truth because it doesn’t support the lies they’re trying to convince Americans are real.
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