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Pickering: Wasn't "Necessary" To Question Clinton In Benghazi Report [VIDEO]
RealClearPolitics ^ | May 12th, 2013 | Face the Nation/ Bob Scheiffer

Posted on 05/12/2013 2:31:19 PM PDT by Third Person

Thomas Pickering - the former UN ambassador who along with former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen prepared the Accountability Review Board report on the State Department's handling of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya - says he didn't think it was necessary to interview former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "because in fact we knew where the responsibility rested."

BOB SCHIEFFER: And good morning again. Ambassador Thomas Pickering is the one who led the State Department's investigation into how those Benghazi attacks where handled. Mr. Ambassador, you and I have known one another as you had various posts in the government for many, many years. You headed this investigation. But the three state department employees who testified this week where frustrated with the report--they said it was incomplete, one of them, Greg Hicks, even told investigators his words, not mine, it let people off the hook. Is that a fair criticism?

AMBASSADOR PICKERING: I don't believe so and I think that's an unfair criticism. They've tried to point a finger at people more senior than where we found the decisions were made. The decisions were made and reviewed at the level that we fixed responsibility for failures of performance.

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2 posted on 05/12/2013 2:33:50 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Third Person

They interviewed Secretary Clinton but they didn’t ask her any questions. That must have been some interview.


3 posted on 05/12/2013 2:35:43 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Third Person

He also said they did not record any of the statements. How convenient .


4 posted on 05/12/2013 2:38:52 PM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

she’s still on her “listening tour”....


5 posted on 05/12/2013 2:39:47 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Third Person

As with all thing Hillary, the buck always stops a couple of layers down.


6 posted on 05/12/2013 2:45:10 PM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
They interviewed Secretary Clinton but they didn’t ask her any questions. That must have been some interview.

Hey, that's nothing. He also said that because she took full responsibility, she's not responsible for anything.

7 posted on 05/12/2013 2:48:11 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Third Person

Pickering is a scumbag. Right at the top of the rogue’s gallery.

http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/about/board.aspx

Where trouble is, the crisis group can usually be found stirring the pot and calling for American intervention.


8 posted on 05/12/2013 2:48:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: crosslink
Riiight. No recordings or transcripts were taken only ‘notes’ were jotted down. That is certainly a professional way to conduct an investigation. ARRGH. What a total flaming crock of rat BS!
9 posted on 05/12/2013 2:54:16 PM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: onyx

Typical Democrat cover-up. Did anyone expect anything else from this bunch?


10 posted on 05/12/2013 3:02:03 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: onyx
...says he didn't think it was necessary to interview former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "because in fact we knew where the responsibility rested."

Knew the facts ahead of time, did he? Presupposition anyone? Sounds like how they determine globull warming.

11 posted on 05/12/2013 3:09:01 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: jeffc

I guess the SOS is out of the loop when the POTUS or the VP cannot be awakened!
That’s why they went to VJ to get standown orders!
Even if Bummer was awake it was above his pay grade!


12 posted on 05/12/2013 3:30:05 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: God luvs America

I thought she was on a drinking tour.


13 posted on 05/12/2013 3:32:10 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: onyx
In other words, Pickering prevaricated about testifying then on the eve of the hearings he said he would (avoiding any pre-briefings). By that time they already had the thing all set up so it was too late.

Nice try Pickering.

14 posted on 05/12/2013 3:36:47 PM PDT by what's up
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To: onyx

Pickering on not questioning Clinton: “I don’t think that there was anything there that we didn’t know.”

Try asking Hillary some questions. You might find out something you didn’t know.

I call BS on his statement.


15 posted on 05/12/2013 3:43:47 PM PDT by vietvet67
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To: onyx

I have heard alot about who did what. Is there anyone out there that can say factually what the procedure is when a Ambassador is under attack and who calls these shots.


16 posted on 05/12/2013 4:04:24 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: Rocky

Nope.
They’re all filthy liars.


17 posted on 05/12/2013 4:05:38 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: jeffc

He’s afraid of the truth!
NOT that Hillary would tell the truth.


18 posted on 05/12/2013 4:06:32 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: what's up

Right.
You’re right.


19 posted on 05/12/2013 4:06:58 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: vietvet67

You’re right.
He’s a 32 year career DIPlow-mat, but he’s a Clinton supporter from way back.


20 posted on 05/12/2013 4:07:53 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: DeWalt; Travis McGee

Yes, all the special ops guys know.
The CIC calls the shots if it entails crossing borders.
Travis McGee can correct if I’m wrong.


21 posted on 05/12/2013 4:10:08 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: cripplecreek

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- Ollie North said that Ambassador Pickering complained when his security was threatened in Central America.

The State Department tripled his security.

Pickering has no problemo with then (so long ago) Secretary of State Hillary and resident Opansy reduced - not increased - protection as Libyan Ambassador Stevens repeatedly begged for more security -

Hillary & Opansy knowingly ignored Ambassadaor Stevens - and with malice aforethought knowingly have lied about organized Muslim terrorists and Al Quabong attacking at Benghazi and killing at least four (4) Americans

The last days of Hillary Clinton and Barry Hussein Opansy (Junior) will mirror that of Benito Mussolini and Adoph Hitler.

Wild hungry boars be upon them -

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22 posted on 05/12/2013 4:28:33 PM PDT by devolve ( ------- I*ve gotcher magic bullshiite right here 0pansy ---------)
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To: Talisker

That was the shock of the day. He just shrugged his shoulders, and Shieffer just moved on to the next question.


23 posted on 05/12/2013 4:33:37 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: onyx
Makes sense to me.

If your plan is to showcase how white and clean your laundry looks, you aren't going to put on display the underwear with the skid marks.

24 posted on 05/12/2013 4:39:26 PM PDT by Gritty (Our masters in Washington are afraid of a populace which cannot be subdued by tyrants-Jeff Cooper)
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To: Gritty

Wouldn’t be great to take a guy like that and cane him in public?


25 posted on 05/12/2013 5:13:50 PM PDT by doosee
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To: Third Person

Mr. Issa and crew will soon be deposing Pickering and Mullen. They will be under oath. Should be interesting.

Eventually Mr. Issa will get around to deposing The Hildabeaste. That will be even more interesting.

Mr. Issa has been very deliberate in who he deposes and the order of the depositions. Methinks he’s building a case :)


26 posted on 05/12/2013 6:57:43 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: upchuck

I will pray for Darrell Issa.


27 posted on 05/12/2013 9:14:57 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
"Hi Madam Secretary. How's Bill?"

"And Chelsey?"

"Oh great, well that about wraps it up."

28 posted on 05/12/2013 9:47:17 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: crosslink; MestaMachine

FLASHBACK

http://articles.philly.com/1989-02-24/news/26150904_1_nicaraguan-contras-thomas-r-pickering-contra-supporters

February 24, 1989

Committee Chairman Claiborne Pell (D., R.I.) asked Pickering why he decided as ambassador to El Salvador to pass on to Lt. Col. Oliver L. North information that ultimately led to a secret donation of more than $1 million in military equipment and supplies for the Nicaraguan contras.

Pickering insisted that he “saw no money exchanged” but acknowledged that he provided North, then a National Security Council aide in Washington, with a note and an “oral message” from an unidentified individual about the military assistance. At the time, the Boland amendment prohibited the United States from supplying any kind of military aid to the rebels fighting the leftist government of Nicaragua.

Pickering said that he had some “reservations” about being the carrier for such a message but that he did not consider it a violation of the Boland amendment.

“I made the decision this was a suitable way to pass it (the arms information),” the 57-year-old diplomat said.

In 1987, Pickering told congressional committees investigating the Iran- contra affair that the note contained a list of weapons and military supplies being offered by a private group of Nicaraguan exiles and other contra supporters.

Pickering said yesterday that he gave the information to North instead of passing it through regular State Department channels because of its sensitive nature.


29 posted on 05/13/2013 5:33:23 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Wow great find, I now know why Col North spoke so highly of Pickering on Seans show the other night(sar).

So we have another Soros plant that not only helped screw over Ronald Reagan but is the fixer on this mess to bail out the ONE.

The more things change the more they stay the same.


30 posted on 05/13/2013 5:47:29 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: upchuck
Good morning.

Eventually Mr. Issa will get around to deposing The Hildabeaste.

That reminded me of Rush's parity song on hillary..."can't recall," etc. and "Jello."

Anyway, "What difference does it make?"

5.56mm

31 posted on 05/13/2013 5:53:36 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: crosslink; onyx; penelopesire

“I now know why Col North spoke so highly of Pickering”

Has Col. North yet mentioned gun-running to Syria?


32 posted on 05/13/2013 5:54:49 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

I don’t know whether he has or not. Great finds on smarmy Pickering.

That man does not come off as very credible to begin with...now it is obvious he is a democrat political hack from way back.


33 posted on 05/13/2013 6:22:13 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: maggief

Has Col. North yet mentioned gun-running to Syria

This is what I have observed, most ex CIA or national security people have stayed away from speculation on the arms running.


34 posted on 05/13/2013 6:33:09 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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