Conservative media doesn’t like to criticize the fledgling Trump administration and the mainstream media won’t touch anything that might put the Obama administration in a bad light, so it’s no surprise that this story has gotten very little coverage. It is a shame, though, because while we may be rid of Obama and Hillary Clinton (for the time being, anyway) there are still grieving parents and angry Americans who deserve answers about what happened in Libya on September 11, 2012.
On that date, most will remember, our U.S. embassy in Benghazi was attacked by terrorists, leading to the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Multiple Republican-helmed investigations were unable to nail then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the wall for the subsequent coverup, but all of the signs point to malfeasance at the highest levels of the executive branch.
Why bring it all back up now? Because, for some reason, the Trump administration is continuing to thwart outside groups in their quest to uncover the truth about what happened. That’s not to insinuate that President Trump himself is stymying efforts to get more info out of his State Department, but the wheels of government continue to move away from full transparency. Groups like Judicial Watch have been relentlessly suing the government with Freedom of Information Act requests, and the State Department keeps stalling.
Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Jackson decided she’d seen enough. She ruled that the State Department must release emails sent by Clinton the day after the Benghazi attack – emails that pertain to “phone calls made by President Barack Obama to Egyptian and Libyan leaders immediately following the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi,” as Judicial Watch put it.
The watchdog group’s president, Tom Fitton, says there is a “deliberate effort by the State Department to protect Clinton and the agency by avoiding identifying emails on Clinton’s unofficial, non-secure email server as classified.”
In further comments, Fitton asked, “Does President Trump know his State and Justice Departments are still trying to provide cover for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? This may well be an example of the ‘deep state’ trying to get away with a cover up – if so, then the Trump administration must put a stop to it.”
Many Americans feared that it would take much more than a change of political parties at the top in Washington to restore truth and transparency to the federal government. Our systemic problems may be deeper than any one president can fully solve, even a committed Washington outsider like Donald Trump.