BENGHAZI HEARING – TREY GOWDY QUESTIONS HILLARY CLINTON PART 1

BENGHAZI HEARING –

TREY GOWDY QUESTIONS HILLARY CLINTON

PART 1

 

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that he did some work for my husband when he worked for the Clinton
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Foundation that’s that’s threat he worked for Media Matters that I’m sure
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did he work for correct the wrecker I’m sure you did when you were asked about
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Sony Blumenthal you say he was an old friend who sent you unsolicited emails
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which you passed on and some instances because you wanted to hear from people
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outside what you called the bubble we will ignore for a second whether or not
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Sidney Blumenthal is outside the bubble but I do when I asked you about a couple
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of those other comments because what you left out was that he was an old friend
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who knew absolutely nothing about Libya was critical of President Obama and
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others do you work with love to send you political and image advice had business
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interests in Libya which she not only alerted YouTube solicited your help for
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and you often forwarded his emails but usually only after you had acted out any
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identifiers so nobody knew where the information was coming from what does
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the word unsolicited mean to you it means that I did not ask him to send me
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the information that
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the end as I have previously stated some of it I found interesting some of it I
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did not some of it i forward it some of it I did not I did not know anything
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about any business interests I thought that just as I said previously newspaper
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articles journalists of which she is one a former journalist had some interesting
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insights and so we you know we took them on board and evaluated them and some
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were helpful and others were not we’re gonna get all the point you just made
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but i wanna start with your your public comment that these emails were
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unsolicited you wrote to him another keeper thanks and pls keep on coming to
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readings from Kabul and thanks for keeping this stuff coming any other info
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about it
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question mark what are you hearing now question mark got it will follow up
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tomorrow
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anything else to convey question mark now what is interesting because that was
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the very email worms Blumenthal’s asking you to intervene on behalf of a business
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deal that he was pursuing in Libya what did you mean by what are you hearing now
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I have no idea
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congressman they started out unsolicited and and as I said some were of interest
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I passed them on and some were not so he continued to provide me information that
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was made available to him I don’t want to parse words and don’t want to be
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hyper technical cuz it’s not a huge point but it is an important point you
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didn’t say they started off unsolicited
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you said they were on sale they were unsolicited but obviously I did respond
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to some of them well and I showed him anything else to convey what are you
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hearing now
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tomorrow night will meet with TMC leader so this an additional info useful so how
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electricity or Blackberry coverage posed arranged all had to resort to my new
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iPad let me know if you receive this will talk about the new iPad and a
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little bit years knowing this report is in part a response to your questions as
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an email from him to you this is this report is in part a response to your
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questions will be further information and the next day if you’re the one
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asking him for information how does that square with the definition of
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unsolicited I said it began that way
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mr chairman and I will add that both Chris Stevens and Gene Cretz found some
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of the information interesting far more than I could because they knew some of
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the characters who are being mentioned and they were the ones that kind of
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persons with the expertise that I asked to evaluate to see whether there was any
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useful information we’re going to get to that in a second now before you give
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mister blumenthal too much credit you agree he didn’t write a single one of
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those cables are minimized I’m sorry we didn’t write a single one of those
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cables or memos
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I don’t know who wrote that he’s the one who sent them to me what would you be
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surprised to know that not a single one of those was from health I don’t know
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where he got the information that he did you did you ask your sending me very
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specific detailed intelligence what is your source that sounds like a pretty
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good question I did learn later that he was talking to or sharing information
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from former American intelligence officials who run those cables I don’t
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recall I don’t know mister chairman you had this information pass on to others
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but at least one occasion you asked on this happening can you print without any
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identifiers why would you want his name removed because I thought that it would
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be more important just look at the substance and to make a determination as
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to whether or not there
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linked to it why don’t people have a right to know the source of the
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information so they can determine credibility as you just said the source
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of the information that was you didn’t know that madam secretary that’s what
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you just said no no mister chairman
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I knew that I knew that he didn’t have the resources to provide that
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information I knew he was getting it from somewhere else whether they lists
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he knew others in washington it could have been a variety of if you’re if
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you’re going to determine credibility don’t wanna know the source
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well it wasn’t credibility so much as trying to follow the thread that were
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mentioned about individuals and as I already stated some of it was useful and
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some of it was not well did the president know that mr. Blumenthal was
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advising you he wasn’t advising me and you know he was your most prolific email
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or that we have found on the subjects of Libyan Benghazi that’s because I didn’t
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do most of my work on I’m not challenging that about him secretary I
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am not challenging that all I’m telling you is the documents show he was your
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most prolific email or on Libya Benghazi and my question to you is to the
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president the same white house that said you can’t handle that can re did he know
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that he was advising he was not advising me and I have no reason to have ever
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mentioned her know that the president knew that I don’t want to draw your
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tensions who an email about Libya from mr. Blumenthal you dated April 2011 and
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will be exhibit 67 this is this is informative should we pass on and at em
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parenthetical unidentified to the white house if you wanna pass something onto
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the white house why would you take off the identifier because it was important
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to evaluate the information and from a lot of intelligence that I have
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certainly reviewed over the years you often don’t have the
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the intelligence you look at the intelligence and you try to determine
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whether or not it is credible whether it can be followed up on well I’m going to
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accept the fact that you and I come from different backgrounds cause I can tell
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you that an unsourced comment could never be under dandy courtroom you have
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not talking about courtrooms were talking about intelligence and we’re
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talking about credibility and the ability to assess a source is and
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whether or not that source has ever been to Libya knows anything about Libya
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where has this is all of which would be important if you were going to determine
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the credibility which i think is why you probably took his information what you
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sent to the white house but here’s another possible explanation that may
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give us a sense of wide maybe the White House did when you first place in one
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email he wrote this about the president’s secretary defence I in for a
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gauge problem is losing an internal debate Tyler and by the way Tiger solder
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Drumheller back to actually authored the cables that you got from mister
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blumenthal Tyler knows him well but and says he’s a mean vicious little I can
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say the word but he did this is a an email for Blumenthal to you about the
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president’s secretary of defense and here’s another one with the email to you
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about president national security adviser Tom Donilon is battling rhetoric
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about narratives on the phone briefing reporters on march the 10th as inspired
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derision among far and serious foreign policy analyst both here and abroad
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here’s another one from what you say is your old friends and even with all this
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is a quote from him I would say Obama and by the way he left the president
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sought out

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