June 28, 2013 |
This is how a scandal implodes: First, the head of the investigation overpromises. "This was a targeting of the president's political enemies, effectively, and lies about it during the election year so that it wasn't discovered until afterwards," Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House oversight committee , said in May of the IRS targeting scandal. He later declared President Obama's press secretary a " paid liar " for stating otherwise. Next, facts emerge to undermine the investigator's presuppositions.
May 15, 2013 |
After two years of feverishly chasing any hint or suggestion of wrongdoing by the Obama administration, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) may finally be having his moment. Issa, the chief congressional watchdog over the White House, has the administration squarely on the defensive on two of the most politically explosive events of the moment: last year's deadly attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, and the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt...
May 13, 2013 |
A frustrated President Obama said Monday that the Republican focus on the administration's response to last year's fatal attacks in Benghazi, Libya, is a "sideshow" with obvious partisan motives. "There's no ‘there' there," Obama said in response to the ongoing criticism of the administration's initial public response to the assault. Last week, edited versions surfaced of the administration's talking points for congressional leaders and other officials shortly after the attacks, which...
May 10, 2013 |
A House of Representatives committee held a hearing on Wednesday on the events surrounding the death of J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, in an attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi in September. For more on the hearing, read the Post's coverage here . The Washington Post's opinion writers have been arguing fiercely about whether the hearing revealed problems at the State Department under the leadership of former Secretary Hillary Clinton, or whether it was mere...
May 9, 2013 |
Those who are trying to make the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal for the Obama administration really ought to decide what story line they want to sell. Actually, by "those" I mean Republicans, and by "the Obama administration" I mean Hillary Clinton. The only coherent purpose I can discern in all of this is to sully Clinton's record as secretary of state in case she runs for president in 2016. That's not a particularly noble way to use the deaths of four American public servants, but at least it's understandable.
May 9, 2013 |
State Department officials testifying at a House hearing on Wednesday recounted the events that led to U.S. ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens's death in an attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi last year. Foreign Service officer Gregory Hicks claimed that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff did not do enough to protect the compound: A team of Special Operations troops that had been assigned to the embassy in [Tripoli] in 2011 to provide...