Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slept in on Saturday following the Benghazi, Libya attacks, missing a staff meeting that was being set up about intelligence issues and the Presidential Daily Brief, according to a new batch of her emails released Thursday by conservative watchdogs Judicial Watch.
“These new Benghazi emails are disturbing and show why Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration had to be forced to disclose them,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a release to Newsmax.
“Hillary Clinton, despite knowing that terrorists were responsible for the attack, allowed her spokesman to go to the Arab world and blame an Internet film.”
Further, he maintained that the emails show Clinton “trafficked in fantastical conspiracy theories” suggesting that American conservatives and Israel were to blame for the Benghazi attack and jihadist violence.
“And the crazed email from Sidney Blumenthal shows that she was taking direction on her Benghazi spin based upon attack-style presidential campaign politics,” said Fitton.
“Finally, the ‘I just got up’ email shows that, smack dab in the middle of the Benghazi crisis, Hillary Clinton fell behind and may have not been fully briefed as she began an intense round of phone calls to foreign leaders.”
She was also to make a series of calls to foreign leaders on that day, the email chain shows, and requested a list of the people she was to call.
In addition, another email shows discussion about the effects of an Internet video on the attack, based on an interview that aired on the Al Jazeera network.
The newly released emails also include one from Clinton’s advisor Sidney Blumenthal, sent just three days after the attack, that calls then-GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney “contemptible on a level not seen in past contemptible political figures” and a “mixture of greedy ambition and hollowness.”
Another document sent to Clinton in the days after the attack came from the father of Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who complains about the “Crusade paradigm,” and yet another comes from former ambassador Joe Wilson, who lashed out at “Christian Dominionists who seek to turn [the military] into an instrument of their religious zealotry.”
The emails were obtained through two different Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits for Clinton Benghazi material, dated July 31, Oct. 9 and Oct. 20 of this year.
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