Dan Liljenquist: Chaffetz's search for truth in Benghazi paid off


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  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    May 20, 2013 8:58 p.m.


    Actually, you need to do a little more research before making the ridiculous claim that "there are a few religion extremists here and there that have done some horrible things". I suggest you start by reading about the Inquisition, which lasted for hundreds of years. Then perhaps you could proceed to read about the Crusades, which also lasted hundreds of years!

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    May 20, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    Pragmatistferlife: Actually, you need to do a little more research before throwing out the typical athiest monologue about religion being responsible for all these horrible crimes. Although there are a few religion extremists here and there that have done some horrible things, it doesn't even register when you compare it to the hundreds of millions that have been killed by athiestic regimes, most recently in Germany, Russia, and elsewhere. Perhaps sending millions to the siberian death camps was done by the neighborhood pastors? Do your research before throwing out the escapist athiest line about God being responsible for the over 100 million (conservative estimates) that have been killed by dictators, communists, etc

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    May 20, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    Thank you Congressman Chaffetz. I just wish this had been "Senator Chaffetz" instead. Hoping for the future.

  • kevo Saratoga Springs, UT
    May 20, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    Obama is innocent of any wrong doing! He didn't hear about any of this until he saw it on the news, just the same as the rest of us did.

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    May 20, 2013 3:57 a.m.

    Contrary to what Mr. Liljenquist claims, Chaffetz's fishing expedition reveals more about his own partisan hackmanship than about any sinister actions of the Obama administration.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    May 19, 2013 9:07 p.m.

    Perfect kick, right through the uprights Jason.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    May 18, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    Bandersen..I hope not. Belief in God has caused as much death and destruction over the centuries as all other causes put together. Return to a belief in the constitution? I think you should write that to the SCOTUS, they'll get a kick out of it.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    May 18, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    The partisan bickering (Republican versus Democrat) will stop when the naive, foolish, and ignorant return to a belief in God, the Constitution, and personal accountability. Both parties believe in taxation to support programs that demean, demoralize, and do absolutely nothing to make our society more civil, kind, or God-like. Is anyone listening?

  • The Taxman Los Angeles, CA
    May 18, 2013 9:46 a.m.


    Sorry, but your numbers don't work. Federal income taxes, FICA, Medicare taxes, state income taxes, and property taxes are not subject to Idaho sales tax. Over 40% of your income purportedly is going to pay the above taxes (which are not subject sales tax). So even if you spent the entire amount of your remaining income on items that are subject to sales tax, the maximum amount of sales tax you could possibly pay is approx. 3.6% (60% times 6%). I don't believe people who deceptively fudge numbers to make a point.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    May 17, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    Benghazi is a phony scandal. The only real controversy about it is that Republicans cut embassy defense funding the prior year. Any mention of talking points is political theater.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 17, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    one old man,--are you Pagen in disguise?

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    You seem to spend all your free time roaming the grassy knoll.

  • baddog Cedar Rapids, IA
    May 17, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    After 30-plus years as an investigative journalist, I am saddened at the state of affairs regarding the U.S. media seeking the truth.

    You all supporting the current administration seem to have been blinded by the media's almost trecherous disregard for what has been happening the past 4 plus years.

    You anti-Chaffetts posters have few legs to stand on. You can't seem to see lies, deceit and self-service that every member of the Obama entourage provides.

    The question I seem to have missed in the Benghazi debacle is: Why was help to rescue the ambassador and others withheld? Another question: Who gave the order to stand down?

    When the why and who who are answered truthfully, then we will be farther into the real reasons behind what happened. We hear that illicit gun running was part of the scenario. Was the death of those men a convenient way of avoiding the ambassador having to answer embarrassing questions about arms to Syria?

    Don't talk to me about politics. The current administrartion from top to sycophants who post on these pages have political rabies. All I ask for is the turth, where ever it leads.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    It sickens me, SICKENS ME, that idiots on here play Republican vs Democrat. That kind of childishness is why this country is in the (many) mess(es) it is in.

    GROW UP. Demand the truth. Absolve no one because, "They did it first," or "They do it, too!"

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    People died.


    They should've received help before the attacks, and during.

    I don't care about political affiliation. I care about LIVES and RESPONSIBILITY.

    The current administration should be held accountable.

    Those families deserve the truth, and apologies.

  • rick122948 boise, id
    May 17, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    Chaffetz is campaigning for Hatch's senate seat and part of the efforts to try and derail a 2016 Clinton run. Attacks in the middle east should not come as a surprise to anyone without rose colored glasses.

    Why anyone would think either Hillary or the President bear any more responsibility than "the buck stops here" principle, is very carefully picking Grand Canyon size leap at conclusions rather than factual evidence.

    Where these two when addition funds for embassy security where debated in congress.

    Lest we forget the debacle of Bush and Cheney and their "weapons of mass destruction" that have cost American taxpayers Trillions of dollars and still bleeding the economy.

    When are the Republicans and, yes, Democrats also; going to put aside petty bickering and partisan politics and start working toward REAL solutions to our country's problems not only economic but all of the problems we face.

    I believe we have the capacity and capability to solve our country's problems, but the first thing that needs to be done is to take back control of our political process. Get rid of PACs, and special interests' strangle hold on the process of politics and government at all levels.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 17, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    At no time did the Obama administration know what the Obama administration was doing.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    May 17, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    Oh, not so fast Repubs.
    Appears you and yours have been taught how to creatively and cleverly change other's emails.
    Republicans have learned how to secretly alter emails to make the desired talking points THEY want the Benghazi emails to display.
    And THEY thought nobody would notice.
    Naughty, Naughty.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 17, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    What's the problem with the Republicans altering the text of a e-mails to confirm their fevered pre-conceived bias?

    To prove my point, let's play the alter game with the headline for this Dan/Jason love fest.

    Search for truth in Benghazi, Chaffetz paid off Liljenquist.

    See...the meaning in the altered headline is the same as the meaning in the DN headline...


  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 17, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    Are people here paid to apologize for Obama? It's hard to believe that so many people would really be so misinformed.

    "Claim: The administration blamed a YouTube video for prompting the attack
    Fact: False. The administration did not specifically state the Benghazi attack was a result of the video."

    Here's from Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary: "Again, it's actively under investigation, both the Benghazi attack and incidents elsewhere. And my point was that we don't have and did not have concrete evidence to suggest that this was not in reaction to the film."

    "The reports indicated that even if they sent them their when initially considered, they still wouldn't have made it in time and it would have endangered security at the embassy in Tripoli."

    The excuse that they wouldn't have made it in time is so pathetic! The attack lasted 8 hours, and granted that they didn't know there would be time to get there in time, you can't not go and say there's no hope, there's no time.

    Imagine being wounded and your friends won't call an ambulance and say "he won't make it in time".

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    May 17, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    The Prophet has told us to pray for all people; that is what I will do. If someone breaks the law, throw the book at the them; if not, let it go. Three thousand people died on 9-11, are we going to keep blaming or move on? All 2nd terms are a struggle, so I don't feel sorry for the President, he didn't have to run again. I voted for Obama and Romney because they are both great men.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 17, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    This administration does what it has seen others do and so it is judged as the last Bush regime was judged.
    An administration that is willing to lie to protect itself from criticism is unworthy of our trust and support.

    I suppose that the loss of lives here (6) equals the loss of lives at 911 (3000), or the more than 15000 lives (4400 military 13000 civilian support) that were lost in the Iraq war. Where was Mr. Chaffetz then?

    The US gets involved overseas as they do not want to fix what is broken at home, namely healthcare, education, domestic job incentives. If they keep the rhetoric rflying then they can avoid doing what would help this country the most.

    Sad to say when those elected from Utah go to Washington and instead of helpful or insightful changes we get more of what we always get from there.

    Hatch has been there for decades and things have deteriorated dramatically and now more of the same.

  • Kellie Wood Orem, UT
    May 17, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    Wolf Blitzer got the shock of his life when he interviewed Chaffetz live on CNN on May 15th! Chaffetz contradicted Wolf's comment that the State Dept said that 4 employees were fired over Benghazi. Chaffetz said that none of the 4 employees were fired: "they're still receiving an income". A few minutes later Wolf came back on the air and said that Chaffetz was right! 3 were only put on Administrative Leave and one resigned. Even Wolf Blitzer was shocked at the official blatant lies put out by Hillary's crew. It's been said that Obama was going around the country saying that Bin Laden was dead and AlQaida (terrorism) was decimated. If it got out that terrorism was in fact still alive and killing Americans, it would look bad for his re-election. Also, Obama didn't want to let it out that we helped the Lybian rebels and they turned on us and killed 4 Americans. Also, we were running guns through Turkey to Syria and that's why Stevens was there at that day. Tons more to tell. Kudos to Jason's research!

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    May 17, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    Truthseeker I hope you keep posting what you just wrote above because it is the closest to what actually happened. Let me just highlight one point in your post. The emails we all can now see clearly show the White House played no part in directing the initial talking points, were seen by Congress months ago. Now that is evident guess what the GOP response is? They now want to know what the President and Hillary were actually doing the night of the attack. Seriously, they want to know if they were watching TV, eating dinner, playing with the kids etc. All the while serious matters like a skyrocketing deficit is going unanswered...oh wait new information in the budget deficit for 2013 will be 642 billion. Obama has cut the annual deficit in half since taking office. Good job Obama...right Mtnman?

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    Assuming all of your math is correct there(which it isn't), you can only blame 22% of your taxes on Obama and the Federal goverment. The other 27% appears to be the result of living in that socialist state called Idaho. Which by the way, is run by the GOP.

  • Looper4u Sandy, UT
    May 17, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    It just slays me how people react to politics based solely on their affiliation and not using common sense. "Bebyebe" in his/her comments above asked why Mr. Chafetez couldn't find something better to do. I am assuming that this person is a Liberal...pretty safe assumption I would think. Conducting congressional inquiries on dereliction of duty or abuse of power IS his job. As well as the #1 activity of Democrats over the years. I guess Democrats had nothing better to do while crying for inquiries on Pres. Bush's wire tapping activities??? Well, the efforts of the Bush administration were in accordance with the Patriot Act that was adopted and voted for by both Republicans and Democrats. Speaking out of both sides of the mouth has become a perfected activity by the Liberals in government as well as those in the general public.

  • oldgoat Midway, UT
    May 17, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    Thank you Jason for pursuing this investigation. This is far worse than Watergate and the liberal press has done their best to cover for this administration. We all know that if Bush had done this he would have already been impeached. We appreciate your efforts to find out the truth Mr. Chaffetz.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 17, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    @ Kent De Forrest. You challenged me on my comment that my taxes are approaching 50%. Here they are for your perusal and I am probably about average for those who pay income taxes. I have rounded the nearest .5%.

    Federal income taxes= 13.5%
    FICA 7.5%
    Medicare/Medicaid 1.5%
    State income taxes 9.5%
    State Sales taxes 5.5%
    Property taxes 9.5%
    Fuel, excise, car
    License, etc. 2.5%
    TOTAL ______
    Since Obamacare is now another tax, the sky is the limit!

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 17, 2013 12:32 a.m.

    One day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails, a report has surfaced alleging that Republicans released a set with altered text.

    CBS News reported Thursday that leaked versions sent out by the GOP last Friday had visible differences than Wednesday's official batch. Two correspondences that were singled out in the report came from National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

    Most Americans have moved on from the Benghazi attack. Republicans are merely whipping up their ever shrinking base and underscoring their hyper-partisanship. Chaffetz and other House Republicans are wasting taxpayers money and time--voting for the 37th time to repeal Obamacare. What a joke!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 16, 2013 10:10 p.m.

    @mom of seven

    "ONLY the Deseret News seems to be willing to run stories on these major scandals,"

    You are kidding right. I wish I could post links... but try this... google it. Every major network, magazine, and newspaper has something on this. Either you are living in a web free zone, or you are listening to FoxNews pat itself on the back. Heck, even "the Daily Show" has covered this.

    I know the right things they are a persecuted bunch, but lets get a reality check here folks.... this is being covered by just about every media outlet.... and more than a few blogs.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    May 16, 2013 8:03 p.m.


    Bush haters will continue to hate. Bush supporters will continue to support.

    You can quote me!

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 7:12 p.m.

    This is one of the most biased pieces the Des News has printed. All Chaffetz has done is burn time in Congress they should have been spending on major issues facing our country. These political sideshows are emotionally appealing, but they won't resolve the partisan issues and will only exacerbate them.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    My feeling about this entire "investigation" is 'so what?' Conservatives hated Obama 5 yrs ago. They hated him last year. They hate him this year. This gives them something at which to focus their hate.

    Obama supporters see this for what it is... political gamesmanship.

    Obama haters will continue to hate. Obama supporters will continue to support.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    May 16, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    Too all of you who think you have some big point with the attacks that occured during Bush, you are forgetting one important point. Bush did not lie about the cause and source of the attacks, he admitted it was terriorists. He didn't try to cover it up like Obama. Now since Obama has been found out, further investigations have brought out stuff like why was security not there ect. Obama brought this on himself, he has no one to blame but himself, though he will die trying. I mean lying.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    May 16, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    Once again, when people accuse politicians of playing politics, it's like accusing a doctor of practicing medicine. Of course this is all politics, and everything Obama has done and will do is politics too. Hopefully this Benghazi stuff will stifle any attempt of Hillary to run. If the Republicans can beat her now, instead of in an election, so much the better. There is nothing wrong in playing politics and getting the best advantage for the side you are on. That is what elections are all about. So everyone get off the high horse with accusations of Republicans doing this for politics. I hope they are, and hope they continue, and I hope they are successful.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 16, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    "I am SO glad to see the Deseret News covering this story."

    DN is not "covering" this story. They are "covering" Chaffetz and Liljenquist.

    DN has not taken the time to read the e-mails or talking points, nor have they read the report of the Accountability Review Board headed by Amdmiral Mike Mullen and Ambassador Pickering. They do no fact-checking whatsoever.

    DN is merely serving as a conduit for those who tell lies and sow misinformation.


  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 16, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    "An administration that is willing to lie to protect itself from criticism is unworthy of our trust and support."

    Does that refer to GW's administration?

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 16, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    I know Jason and the repubs want to bring Hillary down with this hearing but it really will not happen.

  • Mom of Seven West Valley City, UT
    May 16, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    I am SO glad to see the Deseret News covering this story. The American people need to know the truth and the press is not doing it's job on this and on the many other scandals going on. ONLY the Deseret News seems to be willing to run stories on these major scandals, most main stream media are ignoring them for the most part. I applaud Deseret News for that, but I wish they would make them front page news instead of having to dig for the stories.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 16, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    Liljenquist: “the State Department scrubbed all references to al-Qaida.”

    “The internal debate did not include political interference from the White House, according to the e-mails, which were seen by Congress months ago and released pulically yesterday.

    White House officials did not challenge that analysis, the e-mails show, nor did they object to its inclusion in the public talking points.
    But CIA deputy director Michael Morell later removed the reference to Ansar al-Sharia because the assessment was still classified and because FBI officials believed that making the information public could compromise their investigation, said senior administration officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the internal debate.

    Additionally, the release of the talking points emails shows that the CIA's general counsel was concerned about naming specific groups because it could "conflict with express instructions from NSS/DOJ/FBI that, in light of the criminal investigation, we are not to generate statements with assessments as to who did this." The emails also show State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland expressing concern that naming the terrorist groups possibly involved might "prejudice the investigation” (as to who was responsible for the attacks).”

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 16, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    Pure and utter hogwash.
    The Benghazi attack involved State Dept and CIA assets. Therefore, as should be expected they and other intelligence agencies (FBI etc) would be involved in determining the facts and drafting any talking points, to represent what was known with consideration of protecting the investigative process. How do U.S. law enforcements officers release info. about new crimes committed in the U.S.? We often don't get a clear and full picture within a matter of days or weeks, sometimes it is months or never.

    For example:

    Lilinjenquist:“characterized the event as a spontaneous demonstration that spun out of control.”

    Fact: It’s important to note that all the evidence, then and now, shows that the talking points always said that the attack grew out of a spontaneous demonstration in response to the Cairo protests.

    Claim: The administration blamed a YouTube video for prompting the attack
    Fact: False. The administration did not specifically state the Benghazi attack was a result of the video. It did reference Cairo protests (which alledgedly were in response to the videos) and violence against (multiple-Greece, Yemen, Sudan Tunisia and others) embassies sparked by the video.

  • Informed Voter South Jordan, UT
    May 16, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    3 cheers for Chaffetz. We need more politicians willing to go after truth and oppose corruption.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    Fox news reported it.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    "2. No one has accused the Bush administration of incompetence or cover up in those previous attacks."

    They did cover up the reports that Iraq had no WMDs, however.

    "3. If there was nothing to hide, why the 12 iterations, "stylistic" changes in the talking points and stone walling?"

    That actually turned out to be false. One of the news networks (ABC or CNN) got that wrong and the other debunked it.

    @Big Bubba
    "Instead of standing down, we should have gone after the terrorists with military force when the attack began."

    The reports indicated that even if they sent them their when initially considered, they still wouldn't have made it in time and it would have endangered security at the embassy in Tripoli.

    "This was not embassy security, it was consulate"

    Consulates and embassies are in the exact same category so this is an incorrect statement of yours.

    Goodness, you all had days to listen to testimony, why do you not know any of these things? Oh right... Republicans went in with a pre-conceived narrative and only called witnesses to try and help build something into it.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    Nothing has come out of this Benghazi witchhunt that has mattered. Issa's claim that Secretary Clinton signed off on stuff was a lie. The claim that there were a dozen sets of edits to the talking points turned out to be false. The Republican panel never asked the appropriate people why a support group wasn't sent (nor did they point out that even if they were sent at the earlier time they wouldn't have made it in time anyway). At this point there's nothing but monday morning quarterbacking and bashing on Secretary Clinton trying to pin blame on her all the while their expert witnesses/whistleblowers are saying she wasn't responsible. This is just one big joke. Could Benghazi have been handled better? Yes. But this idea that there's something major in here for which the President or Secretary Clinton (if she still had the job) could've been impeached... that's just nonsense.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 16, 2013 3:00 p.m.

    I am not going to say anything proObama here as this all could have been put to rest a long time ago had there been full disclosure... but....

    "It is obvious now that the State Department and the White House conspired to cover up the careless mistakes that resulted in the murders of Ambassador Stevens and his colleagues. "

    Are you kidding me! This never had anything to do with being able to save those guys. It is rather disgusting that "politics" has been lowered to this level, pretending that somehow these men were sacrificed to further political interest. The only ones trying to make political advantage of t his are people like Dan Liljenquist.

    What careless mistake was made that resulted in anyones death..... I am still waiting for one good supporting piece of evidence that supports this claim. Nothing reveled to date supports that assumption. This is a Salem witch hunt with Jason and Dan playing the role of the accusing little girls.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    May 16, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    The report by ABC News on e-mails has been discredited.

    This column is primarily a partisan rant that offers little insight into Benghazi.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 16, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    Every few months the GOP comes up with some new wacky conspiracy which will "ruin" Obama. Here we are almost 6 years into his administration and he's still doing fine. How about the GOP's approval rating? Couldn't be deeper into the garbage can.

    I suggest the GOP stop worrying about Obama and concentrate on their own platform instead. Women, young people, minorities, and those who aren't rich, are still as turned off as ever by the GOP.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 2:36 p.m.

    Sorry libs, budget cuts were not responsible for the Benghazi fiasco. This was not embassy security, it was consulate and most of Chaffetz' cuts would affect Iraq and Afghanistan. If an office or consulate is too dangerous, close it. That is a State Department responsibility as was having the ambassador leave Benghazi as other western diplomate did. Remember, too much MSNBC can cloud your thinking. Try another approach.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 16, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    @Danish American

    "I am not aware of Jason voting for cuts in security."

    Surprised you had not seen that. He has been proud of it.

    Let me help you out.

    O’BRIEN: Is it true that you voted to cut the funding for embassy security?

    CHAFFETZ: Absolutely. Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    Mr. Chaffetz did an excellent job on Governor Romney's presidental campaign as well. Seems everything he gets involved with turns out quite well. At least we can all be thankful he's not in a Romney cabinet post.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    May 16, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Danish American

    "I am not aware of Jason voting for cuts in security. If you are talking about the Sequestration then you certainly display your ignorance of the way the Federal Government is funded."

    Just because you are ignorant, doesn't mean others are.

    From the Huffington Post (as well as a host of other news outlets, conservative and liberal alike):
    CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security."

    "Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”
    The interview was taped live. You can view the Congressman's words for yourself.

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    Much ado about very little - talking points. There were 13 terrorists attacks (resulting in 84 deaths) on American embassies under George W. Congress held 3 hearings. Republicans use the filibuster to obstruct the majority will of the people and now are using alleged scandals to oppose everything with the name Obama on it. As in the Clinton years they can derail his agenda with accusations, hearings, investigations, and possible litigation, while important issues like economic stimulus, defecit reduction, immigration reform and universal background checks are ignored. The only real scandal here is the Republicans in Congress refusing a $300 million increase funding to beef up security in embassies around the world.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    May 16, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    Re: procuradorfiscal

    "The 40% of Americans just below those affected by the Obama tax hikes have nearly three times the income of the "evil rich" soaked by Obama's new taxes."

    Forget sophistry, that statement is a complete and total lie.

  • grj Bountiful, ut
    May 16, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    To me, Dan Liljenquist and Jason Chaffetz have at heart the republican agenda to deflate and destroy anything President Obama says or does. That they have this agenda renders anything they actually say or do moot.

    But let's stay real - the Democrats do the same thing when there is a Republican President in the White House. Shame.

    There are a lot of folks who would just like the candidates they have elected to stick to the business of actually solving domestic problems. Any politician can criticize, few can actually get something done. I think I miss Mitt.

  • Danish American Payson, UT
    May 16, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    I am not aware of Jason voting for cuts in security. If you are talking about the Sequestration then you certainly display your ignorance of the way the Federal Government is funded. Because of the ruse of Base Line Budgeting every department receives more each year automatically. All the Sequestration did was slow the increase--their were no cuts!!! If the current Administration determined to cut where it hurt the most how is that Congress' fault? The Sequestration was Obama's program anyway.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 16, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    "This issue is about four American lives that were lost due to the indiscretion and carelessness of Hillary Clinton and the current administration."

    That does not appear to be true. The ongoing focus I see only deals with the aftermath.

    "OBAMA, Clinton and Rice didn't call it a Terrorist attack.". That is what Chaffetz is all about.

    Very little outrage and investigation is spent on reducing the likelihood of this occurring in the future.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    May 16, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    A political witch hunt by the GOP. Business as usual for them and the right. Devoid of any meaningful substance the party of NO resorts to creating boogey men to keep their base scared and draw their attention away from the fact that the GOP does the bidding for the wealthy. The GOP wants to continue to raid the middle class and destroy their future. Absolutely unbelievable that people fall for this time and time again. Fortunately the GOP base is dwindling as their core constituents grow old and die. They soon will be extinct. It can't come soon enough IMVHO.

  • Big Bubba Herriman, UT
    May 16, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    Way to go Mr. Chaffetz. I think the current administration was caught trying to appease the enemy, and it did not work. It got some Americans killed. Instead of standing down, we should have gone after the terrorists with military force when the attack began.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 16, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    Re: "If you go fishing, you go where the fish are. 80% of the income taxes are paid by the wealthy (of which I am one) because we're the ones with the cash."

    Liberal sophistry!

    The 40% of Americans just below those affected by the Obama tax hikes have nearly three times the income of the "evil rich" soaked by Obama's new taxes.

    But, that cohort also contains nearly 23 times the number of voters.

    Obama, himself, admitted bloated government wouldn't gain much from his soak-the-rich scheme, so, what were Obama and his liberal buddies in Congress really after?

    The answer is, of course, VOTES. Political power.

    Sure, they'll take the money and buy more votes with it, but the votes are more important than the money. If it really were just money, the regime would've imposed a smaller tax on more people.

    Benghazi illustrates the same issue -- it's all about political power. Nothing else really matters to this regime. Nothing.

    Not truth. Not integrity. Not freedom. Not honesty or decency.

    Just power.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 16, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    Though I voted for president Obama, I no longer feel closely aligned with him because of his broken pledge to respect the 2nd amendment.

    Someone gave a stand down order to navy seals to abandon the now dead ambassador. These seals need to be interviewed under oath to find who gave the order. Then that person needs to be interviewed to see who have it to him and so on to the first person who gave the order.

    Why would a government abandon its ambassador?

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    May 16, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    Great, no tell him to go find those WMD's in Iraq!

    BTW most people in this country wont care who the Replubicans think is un-fit to run for President in 2016.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    @Ernest T. Bass - a realty check.
    1. The Obama administration has never claimed that budget cuts were responsible for the lapse in Benghazi security. In fact, the assets were in place for protection and rescue.
    2. No one has accused the Bush administration of incompetence or cover up in those previous attacks.
    3. If there was nothing to hide, why the 12 iterations, "stylistic" changes in the talking points and stone walling?
    4. Chaffetz is an easy target for the left, but he is the messenger, not the message. Focusing on one congressman rather than the issues is quite disingenuous.
    5. Jay Carney was shredded by the mainstream press for his mendacity.
    6. Whenever Hillary Clinton says there is nothing, forget about it, chances are there is something and we should not forget about it.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 16, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Where was the GOP's outrage when American embassies were attacked over 10 times and over 50 Americans were killed between 2000-08?

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    May 16, 2013 10:06 a.m.


    As I've suggested before, if you are paying 50 percent of your gross in taxes, you are either extremely poor or are the worst money manager in the country. I earn above average income for a Utahn, but am squarely in the middle class. My total taxes (even including excise taxes on my cell phone service) amount to about 21 percent of my gross income. And I do absolutely nothing to try to avoid paying taxes. I have no mortgage interest to deduct and no children under 17, so I get no child tax credit. My taxes are about as high as they can be for someone in my tax bracket. Our tax rates are well below what my friends in Germany pay.

    And as for the wealthy paying 80 percent of all income taxes, that's certainly too low, considering how quickly they are accumulating wealth. Will you still be complaining when the top 5 percent own 95 percent of the wealth and pay 90 percent of the income taxes? Do you not understand the trajectory of these trends?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 16, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    The "truth" about Benghazi is that Chaffetz voted to decrease security funding long before this happened.
    Chaffetz also failed to express any outrage when this same sort of attack occurred several times when Bush was president.
    Why don't you guys just stick to real issues? If either Dan or Jason cared about our future they would be objective when it comes to climate change and perhaps listen to the real experts instead of faux news talking points.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 16, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    Partisan cheap shots are alive and well here in Utah. Meanwhile... Where are the REAL solutions to REAL problems effecting Americans? Dan? Jason?


  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    May 16, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    Some comments are laughable. The Obama apologists are out in force. You folks should apply to the 24th of July parade commitee to secure the jobs of following the horses. You know the folks with the brooms and shovels. Since when is lying by the POTUS acceptable. Oh and demonstrators alway attend demonstrations with mortars and rocket propeled grenades in their back pockets.

  • ronnie sandy, utah
    May 16, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    Did the congressional hearing prove that the Benghazi attack was directed by any one terrorist group? The answer is no. Did the hearing result in a resolve to increase funding for Security Forces? The answer is no. So what really was the hearing really for? Can I saw politics.

  • Christopher Stout Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    "I am grateful that Congressman Chaffetz and his colleagues are asserting their constitutional prerogative to investigate and police the abuses of the executive branch."

    Alleged abuses. This is not the end of the Obama administration. This is a manufactured political stunt to entrench partisan divides. The fact of the matter is that Republicans in the House aren't trying to police anything since the independent commission already determined flaws in policy within the State Department.

    If the House has any actual evidence, they should impeach the President. Since the evidence is scant at best, you won't see articles of impeachment passing the House anytime soon. What is more disturbing, and should be disturbing to all Americans and Utahns in particular, is that in conservative circles, the President has already been impeached, tried and convicted without the benefit of due process. Liljenquist is a hypocrite with respect to the U.S. Constitution. He condemns an alleged abuse of power, while fueling the partisan nature of the inquiry all while ignoring that the President must be tried before convicted.

    Articles of Impeachment will not be forthcoming from the House. They will drag this past the elections next year. Count on it.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 16, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    HS fan, Oh yes, the Euro is doing great isn't it? That is why Germany is having to bail out the Euro! Also, if you add ALL taxes we pay, we are not one of the least taxed nations on earth. Add them up! Mine are about 50% of my gross, before Obamacare taxes coming soon to your house. Lastly, if person A earns 100K and pays a federal income tax of 15%= $15,000. If person B earns 50K and pays 20%= $10,000. Who paid the most taxes and how is that "regressive"? Please don't tell me taxes are lower for persons or higher income or that taxes expressed as a percent of income is fair, it isn't. Do higher income people use more government services or are lower income people subsidized?

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 16, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Chaffetz is not searching for truth, nor is Dan L. Both are looking for ways to gain the political upper hand. The truth is that nasty demonstrations over the "video" erupted all over the Middle East that day. Since no one has actually talked to the Benghazi attackers, no one--not even Jason Chaffetz--knows exactly what motivated them to attack, or if the video played a part. How can you cover up something you don't know?

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    "An administration that is willing to lie to protect itself from criticism is unworthy of our trust and support."

    Good Work Jason! Keep the pressure on these guys.

  • cns St George, Utah
    May 16, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    Republican efforts so far have been appropriate. But they can overplay their hand. Rand Paul may have let the cat out of the bag when he said Benghazi should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding higher office. Are the Repubs after the truth or working on the next presidential election ?

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    If you go fishing, you go where the fish are. 80% of the income taxes are paid by the wealthy (of which I am one) because we're the ones with the cash. We live in the greatest country in the world and are taxed less than other Western, democratic nations. Conservatives that have run our federal goverment have time and again proven they are incapable of balancing a budget or managing the economy. Look no further than the Eurozone right now where they have responded to the 2008 recession with conservative austerity measures instead of doing what we have done here. America has been blessed this past 4 years that politicans like Chaffetz are in the minority and have been unable to worsen the situation left by the GOP prior to 2008.

  • watchman Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    This issue is about four American lives that were lost due to the indiscretion and carelessness of Hillary Clinton and the current administration.

    It cannot and should not be swept under the rug. Keep searching for the truth, Jason. You are one of the few that are in the right position to represent us on this fiasco.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    May 16, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    Is this the same Chaffetz that outed Lybian CIA agents? The same guy who votes to decrease security spending on our embassies ? I see a disconnect here Mr.Liljenquist.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 16, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    @ Marxist. "The last 30 years have witnessed the U S. tax system become more and more regressive." Since about 47% of Americans pay no federal income taxes and nearly 80% of all federal income taxes is paid by the most wealthy Americans, please explain how our tax system is become more and more regressive? Or did you mean repressive in stead of regressive?

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    May 16, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    Can't you find something useful to do Chaffetz?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 16, 2013 7:19 a.m.

    @ Furry. Playing politics is what the Obama administration has been doing; stonewalling, cover-ups and telling us it isn't important. When Republican crooks and liars are investigated it "getting to the truth". When Democrat crooks and liars are investigated it playing politics and nothing more than a "witch hunt", right? Chaffetz is doing his job, unlike ANY Democrat.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 6:27 a.m.

    Only in the fevered imaginations of hyper-partisan Republicans is "Benghazi" a blow to the Obama administration.

    Shall we look at Republican votes on legislation to fund security improvements for our embassies? Or their (non)responses to the deaths of US diplomats abroad during the Bush years?

    There are things to criticize the Obama administration about, but Benghazi isn't one of them.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 16, 2013 5:25 a.m.

    Chaffetz never was searching for the actual truth. He was ony playing politics, and trying to get the selective "truth" he wanted to find. He missed out on a lot of REAL truth. Sad.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 16, 2013 3:42 a.m.

    The British pulled out of Benghazi,months earlier. Is their intel that much better than ours? Good job Jason.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 1:01 a.m.

    "This week could mark the end of the Obama administration's second term." The last 30 years have witnessed the U S. tax system become more and more regressive, in terms of declining top marginal rates and increased payroll taxes. Mr Liljenquist can scarcely conceal his glee at the continued destruction of the American working class should his prediction come true. I grew up a working class kid on the Salt Lake westside. From that locale the future has never looked more bleak thanks to guys like Liljenquist.