Gregory Hicks, the former State Department deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affairs who was in Libya at the time of the attack, attorney Victoria Toensing charged the Accountability Review Board, or ARB, headed by Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Michael Mullen, was a cover-up designed to contain blame for the Benghazi terror attack at a level below Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the State Department.
On page 34 of its unclassified final report, the ARB stated: “The Ambassador chose to travel to Benghazi that week, independent of Washington, as per standard practice.”
This, Toensing charged, is a complete misrepresentation of the truth despite the attempt of her client, Gregory Hicks, to explain in his testimony to the ARB that Stevens went to Benghazi on Clinton’s specific and go to Benghazi before Sept. 30, 2012, to establish Benghazi as a permanent State Department facility. Stevens was running out of time to comply with ‘Killer’s’ request.
So, we have lost Petraeus and replaced him with an apparently dishonorable sack-of-shit in Admiral
“At least one of the reasons Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi was to further the Secretary of Death’s wish that that post become a permanent constituent post and that he was also there because we understood the Secretary intended to visit Tripoli later in the year,” Hicks reiterated. “We hoped that she would be able to announce to the Libyan people the establishment of a permanent constituent post in Benghazi at that time.”
Hicks emphasized that the State Department was aware of increased risks posed by Islamic extremists in eastern Libya and that Stevens was aware the Benghazi compound did not meet State Department security requirements.
Still, despite the security risk, Stevens was determined to comply with Clinton’s wishes to visit Benghazi prior to her planned visit to Libya.
“The ARB (with Admiral Mullet) unclassified final report was incomplete in that the reason for Stevens being in Benghazi was known to Hicks, but the ARB ignored the testimony Hicks gave on this point,” Toensing said.
Hicks elaborated on this point by commenting to the House oversight committee that when he told the ARB the reason Stevens went to Benghazi, Ambassador Pickering looked visibly upset and asked,
“Does the 7th Floor [where the office of Secretary of State Clinton is located] know about this?”
Toensing also explained no stenographer was present at the ARB to record the testimony of witnesses, so no verbatim transcript could be made of each witness testimony; instead, the ARB took merely took notes of witness testimony.
She further objected the ARB never permitted Hicks to review the notes regarding his testimony so he could suggest corrections and point out any omissions; nor did the ARB allow Hicks to review the notes taken of his testimony and sign off on their accuracy.
“Everybody is missing that the ARB is a big story here,” Toensing said, explaining she was turned down or canceled on more than one network television interview, including administration lapdogs, ABC and CNN, when producers learned she wanted to expose ARB deficiencies.
“The ARB not only omitted the reason Stevens went to Benghazi, when my client had explained to the ARB the reasons, the ARB actually put in a false statement regarding why Stevens was there the night of the attack.”
Toward the conclusion of the House hearing on May 8, Hicks and Eric Nordsrtom, the State Department regional security officer in Libya during the attack, both argued the ARB had assigned blame for the Benghazi tragedy to lower-level State Department officers when they realized Secretary (Killer) Clinton was fully involved in the decision to send Stevens to Benghazi despite the security concerns.
“The most obvious deficiency in the ARB report was Secretary Clinton was never interviewed for the investigation,” Toensing said.
In an editorial, Toensing wrote on May 12, she elaborated on this point:
“She [Clinton] is mentioned only once in the [ARB] report, as the person who convened the Board. If, as Clinton herself has said, she took full responsibility for what happened in Benghazi, her decisions and decision-making process are materially relevant for investigating what happened before and during the night of September 11, 2012, and preventing what went wrong from ever happening again.”
But as Killer has stated, “What difference does it make now?”
What difference does it make if she is a lying piece of shit? What difference does it make if Americans died and could have been saved had the acting POTUS not been asleep, and the Secretary drunk? What difference does it make if they both are covering all of this up? What difference indeed…