Rep. Jason Chaffetz accuses White House of hiding Benghazi documents

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  • woolybruce Idaho Falls, ID
    May 11, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    Wasn't Bengazi already investigated? If it was, then whoever did the initial investigation needs to be held to accountability. Where is that discussion? How much more money is gong to be spent? $50,000,000, $100,000,000. Isn't the country broke? What will the outcome of the investigation be? Is it just Republican insecurity for the 2016 Presidential Election? Or are processes and procedures going to be changed? Haven't they already been changed?

    It all points to Republican insecurities, if it isn't that then provide the accountability, the change in processes and procedures.

  • RickH Blaine, WA
    May 10, 2014 9:06 p.m.

    I am starting to think that Bro. Chaffetz took too many hits to the head while trying to play football...the ringing still hasn't stopped after lo these many years.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 10, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    Each year right here in Utah --

    400+ people die from polluted air,
    500+ die from medication overdoses,
    400+ die from gun shots --

    And Jason Chaffetz remains obsessed with starting yet another investigation into Benghazi!

  • Warrior Parent Belle Glade, FL
    May 9, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    The virulent attacks against Chaffetz show that Democrats fear their lies are being uncovered. 2014 and then 2016 will remove many more lying liberals from power

  • Bob K portland, OR
    May 9, 2014 2:22 a.m.

    Effort by the republicans toward helping ordinary Americans

    Rather than more and more and more picking at President Obama

    Would be greatly appreciated, even though it is their duty and what they are paid for

  • cindyacre Shelley, ID
    May 8, 2014 6:59 p.m.

    Benghazi needs to addressed because during the investigations the question of "why was the order given to STAND DOWN when support was requested, PLEAD FOR, knowing FULL WELl that the attack would mean bad things for the Benghazi people? And you think Chaffetz and others are wasting their time? I don't think so. It is because of this and other "incidents" NOT BEING ADDRESS that continue to be a benchmark of this administration that other world leaders look at and are emboldened by our leaders lack of response. IT IS TELLING that there are some who think that Benghazi was a long time ago. No it wasn't - what a way to try to sweep a huge injustice to four families away, to divert attention from those people's plight when they pleaded for help, and to try to blind others as well with "why are we always talking about this? (Pelosi) If it was YOUR loved one who died, wouldn't you want answers, too.?

  • CBAX Provo, UT
    May 8, 2014 5:34 p.m.

    If you want your embassy you can keep your embassy!

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    I'm starting to think that the GOP is doing this just so that Fox News has substance upon which to "report" and earn more millions, as quid pro quo for Fox News supporting the GOP so staunchly.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    May 7, 2014 7:06 p.m.

    Yeah, Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!!! This is THE most critical issue our country has EVER faced. 4 people were killed and for a couple of days the administration said it was the result of a spontaneous demonstration. Until the facts were clear, and then they corrected themselves. Oh no!! This is right up there with Watergate and Pearl Harbor and 9/11, all rolled into one!!!! Maybe twice as bad!!!!! I get it, I get it. You hate Obama. Frankly, the only story here is why were these people working in a hotbed location with insufficient security. That's it. That should be (and has been) investigated. The rest of it is just silly partisan baloney. But it is nice, juicy red meat for the far right, and that's what they love the most.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 7, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    This is from a piece in the May 6, 2014 New Yorker, entitled "Ronald Reagan’s Benghazi". It is worth noting, especially for Mr. Chaffetz and his fellow conspirators:

    "Congress held no public hearings, and pointed fingers at the perpetrators, not at political rivals. If you compare the costs of the Reagan Administration’s serial security lapses in Beirut to the costs of Benghazi, it’s clear what has really deteriorated in the intervening three decades. It’s not the security of American government personnel working abroad. It’s the behavior of American congressmen at home."

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 7, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    In Iran Contra laws were broken. What laws were broken in Benghazi? Initial information about who was responsible was wrong wow that has never happened in the history of America. What laws were broken? This is ridiculous, doesn't Mr. Chaffetz think there are more pressing issues in America. We will spend millions of dollars on another investigation to prove what we already know. The initial information was inaccurate.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    May 7, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    Reagan and Iran-Contra, fourteen administration officials were indited, including then - secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger. Eleven convictions resulted.

    On March 4, 1987, Reagan taking full responsibility for any actions that he was unaware of, and admitting that "what began as a strategic opening to Iran deteriorated, in its implementation, into trading arms for hostages"

    Now how many members of Obama's administration should be indited and when will he admit.

    Censors, How is this to much capitalization, shouting or other problems. In response to previous statement of not seeking prosecution of Reagan.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    May 7, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    To "MoNoMo" really? The US was received warnings 13 times before embassies were attacked, then lied to the families of the dead soldiers and the public by blaming an obscure YouTube video that nobody watched. Can you tell us when we had that scenario under Bush. I am aware that embassies were attacked, but how many received warnings, were ignored, then had coverups?

  • MoNoMo Fair Oaks, CA
    May 7, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    This was a horrible event, BUT ...

    During Bush, we had 13 similar events and over 60 brave US citizens died - where was the right-wing outrage then?

    Seems they were cheering on an invasion of Iraq based on phony "intelligence" regarding Weapons of mass destruction?

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    May 7, 2014 7:53 a.m.

    What is the cover up?

    Why the cover up ?

    Why all the lies?

    You need to ask the right questions.

    The real scandal that is being covered up is the gun running by this administration to radical groups.

    The obama administration was running guns to radical groups in the middle east.
    The ambassador was in Benghazi to help broker a deal.

    Four Americans were left to die so obama could hide this scandal. That also makes this administration complicit in their murder.

    You just need ask and understand WHY the ambassador was in Benghazi at all that day.

    It would be nice if our media would do their jobs rather than help bury the truth.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 6, 2014 11:34 p.m.

    SoCalChris - lets address your comments one at a time.

    Spontaneous demonstrations - fact is in over a dozen cities in the region, there were demonstrations against the stupid little film. It is not like this event happened in isolation while nothing else was going on.

    Why has no one been brought to justice - why no witnesses? Same reason there were none for years with 9/11. Libya is a sovereign country, and we can not safely go around interrogating people in that country. It is the reason it took years to get other terrorist. This is not an episode of 24, its real life.

    Where was Obama - we know where he was. That has never been in question. He was trusting the military to do their job.

    Why no assets.... great question, and one that deserves more investigation. I agree with you.

    Why were the pleas ignored? Actually the report shows that there were offers of additional resources that the ambassador turned down. That one we may never no the answer to.

    What was he doing there, in Benhazi, under those conditions. Let me add what was the CIA doing there? Again, we may only know when the docs get declassified.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    May 6, 2014 10:05 p.m.

    How could Benghazi stink any more than it does? Maybe if a smoking gun email surfaced showing a cover up. Oh wait . . .

    So many questions that have never been answered. What were doing in Benghazi at all -- when the British, the Red Cross and everyone else had left? Why were PLEAS for additional security days and weeks before the attack ignored? Why were no assets deployed after the attack began? Where was Obama during the attack?? Why has no one been brought to justice? Why hasn't there been access to witnesses? Why all the lies about some spontaneous demonstration?

    And all we get is spin from the left that only fringe wackos want answers. It's clear what was political. Obama was concerned about the election and has been hiding the truth from the American people.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    May 6, 2014 9:55 p.m.

    Utahbluedevil: I was against going to war when Bush was president! no double standard here! I have the same antipathy toward Republicans as I do for Democrats! Obama just happens to be the latest President manipulating, lying, and abusing his office and position! Anyone that thinks either party is doing what is best for America is delusional! I would like to hear anyone from either party explain how they are a friend to liberty and justice! The rich get richer, whether Under Republican or Democrats, and the poor get poorer, and will go to my grave listening to leaders from both parties claiming they are out to help Americans, particularly the poor and middle class. Then, to add another layer of irony, watch the unbelievable number of tireless supporters with jaw dropping audacity claim year after year how much their party is going to change things! Talk about knee slapping humor!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 7:58 p.m.

    The greatest politician since honest Abraham Lincoln has a great family member to post undeserved accolades.

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    May 6, 2014 6:13 p.m.

    This is not some overblown right wing conspiracy! This is crucial to the american people! the families of those that were killed in this attack deserve justice. I am so mad that the Obama administration denied this attack! I am so thankful for a honest politician to finally demand justice for the innocent. He is our greatest politician since honest Abraham Lincoln.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 6, 2014 4:58 p.m.

    "If those two Navy Seals who fought bravely ALL NIGHT LONG were your sons would it still be a "strange issue" that most Americans don't care about??"

    Case and point.... let's lie (oh wait, exaggerate) about a story in an effort to condemn lying. Contractors are not equal Navy Seals. Not in Libya... not in America.... not anywhere.

    We care about the issue... just not for the same reasons. Peal back the partisan rhetoric so we can look at why we didn't have capability in theater... and we have a discussion. If you want to make this about "talking points" made in the hours after the event.... and any misinformation (lies) told during those hours that were eventually corrected.... you don't have my attention. The "lies" didn't cost anyone their lives. Poor planning and execution in the pentagon did.

    But that isn't nearly as politically exciting... is it.

    If you want to talk about lies that did cost thousands of lies...... we can surely go there... but then again, that's ancient history, isn't it. We're not going there.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 6, 2014 4:51 p.m.

    "if the president was lying, he should be impeached and sent packing. Lying is a no no!"

    Really.... or only if they are Democrats? Did you call for Bush to leave office over the WMD "misinformation".... Did you ask for Reagan to step down over Iran-Contra?

    I love the conditional morality here. I think you can safely say there is not a single person holding office that has not either misrepresented something or used selective truth to make their point.

    On the other hand, if Chaffetz is really that worried about embassy security, why is the fact that the House reduced funding for embassy security for two years consecutively in advance of this event isn't under scrutiny as well?

    On Wednesday morning (10/10/12), CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked the Chaffetz 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....When you're in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things."

    Conditional ethics and politics - a lovely mix.... Lets demand the truth on the whole picture - not just what is politically expedient.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    May 6, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    Go get 'em Jason! You are a true patriot!

    Demand the truth!

    We really don't need to tolerate any more lies.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 6, 2014 2:55 p.m.

    The memo obtained by Judicial Watch clearly indicates that Obama's spin doctors coached Susan Rice to lie to the American public in an effort to preserve Obama's political message that he had snuffed out al Qaeda.
    The truth of what happened on his watch at the Benghazi consulate would have lost him 6 million votes and the election.
    The whole thing was poorly played by the Romney campaign. This latest email reveals that the lie was orchestrated at the highest levels of the Obama campaign and told by his State Department.
    Shame on them all.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 6, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    Couple of things.

    Benghazi has been investigated. Multiple times. It is clearly not about finding the truth. It would appear that no investigation will be accepted until it produces the GOP desired outcome. Namely that Obama and Clinton were responsible.

    Secondly, we keep hearing about 4 dead patriotic Americans. If that were what it was really about, the focus would be on making changes to insure that the problems were addressed and the likelihood of it happening again would be diminished.

    That is not the case. The GOP focus is infinitely greater on placing blame than fixing a problem.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    May 6, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    I was at the State Convention where Chaffetz got over 90% of the delegate votes. Neaderthals or not, they must love him. I doubt Benghazi is the only issue they love about him. I am not in his district, but if the president was lying, he should be impeached and sent packing. Lying is a no no!

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    May 6, 2014 2:05 p.m.

    The liberals are amazing. This issue is less than 2 years old and they are telling us to forget it.

    How many of them still are angry about the 2000 election of Bush? How many still complain about Bush going into Iraq? How many still blame Bush for the economy? How many still have some anger towards Carl Rove?

    If you liberals are not hypocrites, why are you telling conservatives to drop the matter? Why is it ok for you to hold onto a grudge and keep telling us that everything is Bush's fault and the fault of the people around him for over a decade at the same time you tell us to forget this?

    Now, if you really want to do some soul searching, ask yourself this: If Hilary is going to run for President in 2016, aren't you concerned about her blatant lies and her inability to understand the intelligence briefings that warned the State Department about the attack before it occured? If she missed this small and simple attack, what will happen the next time somebody wants to attack the US again?

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    May 6, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    Maybe the one most important issue of Benghazi, is we don't let either party or administration get away with lies to the American public. We are owed more from our administrations.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    May 6, 2014 1:48 p.m.

    Why does it matter, Hillary on the tarmac, when the bodies were being brought back told one of the mothers, the cause was the video and she would see the producer would be brought to justice. Hillary lied, at that time they knew the cause it was not confusion. She flat out lied. Why is it important, no more important than when Nixon lied. She is thinking of a run for the President of the United States. The democrat party is standing behind her. She lied. Its not the UN talking points, it is the Past Secretary of State, the Presidential hopeful who lied.

    The one thing this committee needs to do is have Hillary swear under oath what and when she new it.

    What's the big deal, she lied.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    May 6, 2014 1:20 p.m.

    "After 6 years of consistent lying and deception on issue after issue after issue Barack and his administration have earned the dubious reputation"


    There's a lot of irony in your statement. This thread alone is full of lies and disinformation from those like Chaffetz who would love to make Benghazi more than it really is. You're in on that deception.

    Navy seals? no...there were former navy seals that were working as private security detail, but not active duty. Dead contractors isn't quite the soundbite as dead navy seals though, right?

    Embassy? was a consulate. Consulates are not US territory and are typically secured by local resources. But 'embassy' provides a better soundbite.

    There are literally dozens of other exaggerations and straight up in this comment thread. Claims that run 100% contrary to the official review of the Benghazi incident. All are easily accessible in a simple google search.

    But facts that don't support one's opinions aren't of any value, are they?

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 6, 2014 1:18 p.m.

    Lets look at recent news.... 200 plus girls are being held hostage and are being threatened to sold off as slaves. We have a 777 that disappeared off the face of the earth, and no one knows what happened. Over 300 school kids lost their lives on an over loaded ship. Last year in the US, there were over 14,000 murders, and over 5.3 million violent crimes.

    And to Chaffetz seems obsessed with making a name for himself by focusing on an event in Lybia where 4 lives were lost.... not because solving that problem will have the greatest impact in the daily lives of Americans, but one can only cynically view his actions as being politically driven. Even if the White House knew from the first instant this might have been a terrorist driven event... what difference does it make to the end result.

    We had not enough assets in theater. We get that. The mission there that night was of dubious value... not worth an ambassadors life. We get that too. None of what Chaffetz is doggedly spending his time on will translate into one American being more safe. This is all about political theatre.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 6, 2014 1:08 p.m.

    I really kind of hope the next President is a republican so I can see the honorable Mr. Chaffetz investigate him and question any statement by anyone associated with the executive branch that may at some time later prove to be inaccurate. I am certain that a republican administration would be put under the same microscope by the honorable Mr. Chaffetz. I mean stuff like WMD's in Iraq. I am sure had he been in the House at that time he would have gone after President Bush.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 6, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    I'm sure the good citizens of West Jordan, Utah, Sanpete, Millard and Beaver Counties want to get to the bottom of this!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    Tilting at Windmills...

    On guard Don Quixote,
    Rocinante and Sancho Panza await thee!

  • CaliforniaSurferGirl Henderson, NV
    May 6, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    Wouldn't it be nice if the Republicans in Congress actually decided to do their job instead of complaining on the Fox News circuit about an issue that has already been investigated? Benghazi was a tragedy but not anywhere close to the horrendous disasters of the Bush administration. Chaffetz needs to start doing his job and actually work for the people who voted him in rather than just trying to kiss up to the Republican congressional leadership and see himself on tv.

  • Owen Heber City, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    Kiddsport writes: "It's no different than the original attack on the World Trade Center, only with fewer casualties."

    The most accurate words written about this issue. Advance intelligence that an attack was imminent. Inadequate preparation. 1,000 times more casualties. Years of false statements after to protect a President's re-election hopes.

    The only real difference? The level of outrage coming from the right should have been 1,000 times louder than today. Instead? Crickets.

  • mcdugall Murray, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    @David - FYI - President Obama cannot seek election to serve another term as president.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    After 6 years of consistent lying and deception on issue after issue after issue Barack and his administration have earned the dubious reputation of being THE most dishonest and corrupt administration in history - at least what we know about history. It is no surprise for those who actually know who Barack is and where he came from but for the millions who are clueless and voted for the man twice simply because he seemed to be a "cool cat" I hope if nothing else the light starts to turn on and you begin to see the terrible mistake that you made in giving this shady character the keys to the Oval Office.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:27 p.m.

    re:one vote

    If those two Navy Seals who fought bravely ALL NIGHT LONG were your sons would it still be a "strange issue" that most Americans don't care about?? I understtand your left wing cronies could care less about the murder of American citizens but I promise you this DOES matter to the rest of us and I am shocked how callose you are.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    This is a strange issue. Even GOP polls suggest it is not concerning to most Americans. It is a huge radical right issue right up there with Cliven Bundy grazing fees. It will stop the Obama re-election. Maybe Jason versus Hillary if this is the only election issue.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:18 p.m.

    With Benghazi had Barack Obama chosen to be honest and at the moment of the attack addressed the American people himself declaring that this was indeed a planned terror attack (as his CIA itel indicated) and we were caught unprepared and he was taking full responsibility .... he would have found that the American people - although shocked and angry - would have forgiven him and actually thanked him for his honesty. Had Barack also stayed in the White House situation room during the attack and ordered our fighter jets from near-by posts to support our brave Seals who fought all through out the night then again the America people would have applauded his leadership regardless of the outcome. Finally had Barack cancelled his Las Vegas campaign stop the next morning due to the horrific attack and murders of American citizens the night before then the American people would have believed his sincerity of the loss of our embassador and Navy Seals.

    But Barack did NONE of the above. Instead Barack and his administration CHOSE to lie for political gain and now they have been caught in the lie.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    May 6, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    To "not here" there is a difference between what Rice said and what the Obama administration said. The biggest difference is that Rice was telling us what they knew based on Clinton era intelligence. The emails that have come out about Benghazi show that the adiminstration knew it was a terrorist attack, but changed that and lied to the US when they called it a protest.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    Of one thing we can be certain, Jason Chaffetz and the GOP will continue in their quest to uncover proof of a Benghazi cover up for as long as they feel they can get political mileage out of that quest. It could be considered a laudable effort if it had anything at all to do with finding the reasons why 4 Americans were left woefully unprotected at an American embassy. Perhaps this select committee could come up with a way to better protect against a similar future attack. But the GOP already knows the answer to this question and doesn't want that answer openly discussed. Instead, this 18th iteration of a select investigative committee is merely for the purpose of extracting / extending political gain out a tragedy for which they share at least equal blame.

    I don't believe Jason Chaffetz cares about truth. I do believe he cares about political gamesmanship. But I wish he cared more about protecting against potential future embassy attacks.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    May 6, 2014 11:47 a.m.

    Hillary Clinton was right when she in anger demanded "What difference does it make?" after all the murder of the ambassador, staff, those who went to help, and the burning of the embassy building was a done deal. Call the Benghazi terrorist attack and its aftermath what one will depending on ones political preferences and party affiliation, but above and beyond should be inquiring minds to seek the facts, then determine what it all means.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 6, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    Why did the government classify emails as top secret? What information did the government want to hide from the public? The government works for the public. The government is public. Mr. Obama told us that he would have a "transparent" administration. Hiding information from the citizens whom he works for is not "transparent". He's doing just exactly what Mr. Nixon did. He's covering up. He thinks that if he tells us that he didn't do something that we will automatically believe him. That might have worked at some point, but he's lost all credibility with the public. He promised us certain things about ObamaCare. All his promises were false. He told us that ObamaCare was not a tax. The Court told him that he was wrong.

    Let the investigation begin. If Democrats are wise, they will seek the truth. Are they afraid of the truth? Why would they want to hide things from the people who hired them?

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    May 6, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    Chaffetz has no real ideas of his own. He's full of one line, right wing cliche's.

    He was a kicker in college... to use a phrase he'd understand... "he's missing wide right on the whole Benghazi" and I do mean "right".

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    May 6, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    Chaffetz is a joke. It's sad he can't find something better to do with 'our' time. He's on our dime. I believe he has a guilty heart because he voted to remove the very funding that would have allowed more protection for our embassy. I believe, he believes he will find some form of absolution if someone else is to 'blame'.

    It was an attack beyond everyone's control. Why can't we ever accept that in this world... bad things happen. They even happen to the United States.

    This is a sad event. It's a tragedy for the families of those involved. As I said.. bad things happen!

    "Mr. Chaffetz, Please get to work making our Country and our State (Utah, in case you forgot) better. Thanks, A regular voter."

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 6, 2014 9:36 a.m.

    "Does it not occur to you this attack is paramount to a declaration of war because Americans were killed on American territory, which is what an embassy comprises. It's no different than the original attack on the World Trade Center, only with fewer casualties."

    So, based on that, are you suggesting that in response, possibly we should invade Panama?

  • missizzy1 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    What if they seat a panel and spend millions of dollars only to find out what all the other investigations have found out. That because Republicans tried to save money by cutting funding for security, no one was there to help the victims. I want this investigation to happen too. It will surely show what happened. Republicans will shut down the investigation as soon as they see that it was really their fault.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    May 6, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    To all you Benghazi naysayers:
    What's the big deal you say? Does it not occur to you this attack is paramount to a declaration of war because Americans were killed on American territory, which is what an embassy comprises. It's no different than the original attack on the World Trade Center, only with fewer casualties.
    People, wake up and smell the coffee. We are at war. The enemy does not recognize national boundaries. They take the fight to us whenever and wherever they can. When we have leaders that are too delusional to recognize a threat as was posed by the Benghazi situation, refusing to prepare adequately and to prosecute a vigorous response afterward, how can we ever hope to be victorious in defending our way of life and liberty?

  • The Old Buzzard Ogden USA, UT
    May 6, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    Utah Policy's headline reads, "Rep. Jason Chaffetz is on the warpath again about Benghazi, accusing the White House of hiding documents [Deseret News]." For some reason, I'm a bit put off by the rather petulant, sophomoric use of "warpath" as it relates to Rep. Chaffetz' quest to find the truth. Nixon and Watergate come to mind here. For those of us who lived through it and NEAR it, I believe that the Watergate scandal was by many measures the lessor of the two by comparison with Benghazi. Chaffetz' penchant for publicity, Lee's similar inclinations, partisan politics, religion, Utah quirks, etc. etc. ... all aside ... one must admit that the key indicators worthy of interest and pursuit are most glaringly obvious by the degree and extent of the redaction of the documents and the information being withheld from the Congress. My favorite quote from Shaw applies here, "Tis' vile to rob a henroost of a hen, but thieving (lying, denying, obfuscating) largely makes us gentlemen." "Go Chaffetz!!!!"
    "Go anyone" who turns up the "heat in the kitchen" when what they have been cooking STINKS!!!!

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    May 6, 2014 7:25 a.m.

    Chaffetz is doing his job! He is working to free our federal government from corruption and some of you object to that?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 6, 2014 6:11 a.m.

    And this "Represents" the will and wishes of the 3rd Congressional District of citizens of the State of Utah, HOW?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:22 a.m.

    This story was written in the Politics section of the DN...

    How appropriate.

    Koch and the Republican donor base gave the memo to Rupert...

    Rupert gave the memo to his news outlets...

    Rupert also gave the talking points memo to McConnell and Boehner...

    They gave the talking points to their people.

    As an outlet for Republican news...

    The DN features who else but Chaffetz leading the parade to keep this going...


    The economy?




    All will have to wait...

    While the Republicans try to derail Mrs. Clinton...

    A political vendetta if there ever was one...

    But if it fires up the voting base...

    Why not?



    3000 Americans were butchered 9/11.

    The Republicans were in control of the entire government...White House, Senate and House.

    When the Republicans go after Bush, Cheney, Condi et al for the murder of over 3000 Americans the way they have gone after President Obama and Rice, I will believe this whole exercise is more than disgusting political theater.

  • boneheaded, but not a smidgen SLC, UT
    May 5, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    best rep UTAH has.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    May 5, 2014 10:53 p.m.

    A Select House Committee on the IRS would be more useful.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    May 5, 2014 10:16 p.m.

    Obama and Clinton lied; people died!

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2014 10:12 p.m.

    I agree with Chaffetz.
    4 bipartisan investigations on this topic are not nearly enough, not by a sight!

    I'm thinking more like 8-10 bipartisan investigations should do the trick, eh?
    20 is too many, for sure, but 10 is a nice round figure.

    And just wait. When we find out what those classified memos say? hoooo-eee! I wouldn't want to be in Obama's shoes then!

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    May 5, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    Here's what we know: four Americans were killed when State Department officials and White House members discounted pleas for military assistance before and after they were under attack by Middle East extremists. The current administration has been very deliberate in releasing information. In fact, it wouldn't have released any information beyond what was initially reported except for the dogged efforts by a number of watch dog groups.

  • David Centerville, UT
    May 5, 2014 9:47 p.m.

    Utah Chick,

    Your comment leads me to believe you are critical of my statement, specifically regarding Obama's re-election and how Benghazi pertains.

    You are aware that the events at Benghazi happened months before presidential voting in November 2012. If Obama and his administration tried to mislead America over those events because they feared it could affect his re-election efforts, and if they continue to do so because of Hillary's aspirations, then Americans should know. Watergate was also regarding campaigns and the re-election of Richard Nixon.

    So yes, I'm serious.

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    May 5, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    Re VST:
    In the effort to avoid "obfuscating" and as long as the subject is "dead Americans" , would I be out of place to ask, how is it you righties seem to have forgotten the 13 dead Americans killed in attacks on U.S. Embassies and Consulates between 2002 and 2008? Oh Sorry! Right church wrong pew, right?

    Kudo's to "Stalwart Sentinel" and "not here"! I think you are definitely onto something. If Chaffetz actually did something useful and used his vast and superior knowledge to search for Flt.370 it would be a win win situation! He just might find it, and he would definitely garner huge amounts of Mic and Lens time!

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    May 5, 2014 9:16 p.m.

    oh gary,

    Lots of free time tonight to defend your pal. what is it about lying that libs don't understand? Whether it is a conservative or a lib lying, it is still lying. It just so happens that libs just lie more and get away with it more.
    You can go to bed now gary knowing that you continue to defend the indefensible and just think, the greatest storyteller, hillary could be your next president. Dreams really do come true.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2014 9:00 p.m.

    Lee & Chaffetz are trying to 1 up each in a contest to see who can spew the most nonsense.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    May 5, 2014 8:59 p.m.

    What doesn't smell right to me is the way Chaffetz works for Utah and the country. I am frankly embarrassed to say that he is from Utah. He is the problem and the solution to anything. Please vote him out of office....oh wait that will never happen with the caucus system in Utah, which is why the right wing members like it so much.

    Chicago style politics is alive and well in Utah.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2014 8:30 p.m.

    the difference between Benghazi and the WMD scandal is what?

    One common denominator"..............HILARY voted to support The WMD's because she too believed the research. However she obfuscated, lied, and chased down a poor innocent film director and told the entire world she captured the guy who killed four Americans.......pathetic while the lefties lined up to spit on him like they have always done to our brave US Heroes who risked their life's to defend their rights.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    May 5, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    Obviously power has its privileges. The Obama administration is obviously hiding documents about Benghazi. Why is that a story? I am sure they were playing their metaphoric fiddles while it was going on. Golf games, affairs, Hollywood dinners etc. Everything but being a responsible administration.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 5, 2014 7:52 p.m.

    Hey VST -

    And the difference between Benghazi and the WMD scandal is what?

    In Benghazi, four Americans died.

    In Iraq, over four THOUSAND Americans died, along with over 100 THOUSAND Iraqis.

    See the difference?

    May 5, 2014 7:30 p.m.

    To all of you that keep screaming Benghazi,Benghazi,Benghazi where were you, and how loud did you scream cover up when Condali Rice, (and I hope that's how you spell it) got in front of the TV cameras and told us Iraq had WMD? Come on boys be truthful. But it's like there was never a lie, ever told the last President. And when this blows up in Chaffetz's face maybe he can work on finding flight 370 it will get just as much TV time.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 5, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    Schwa -

    "I still don't understand what exactly the controversy is with Benghazi."

    Ok, I'll try to get you up to speed.

    Somebody made this really stupid anti-Muslim movie that portrayed Muhammed as a murderer and a gay pedophile. Protests erupted throughout the middle east and other places, beginning September 11 in Egypt. Those protests led to hundreds of injuries and over 50 deaths.

    The Benghazi incident, in which 4 Americans died, happened concurrently. Terrorists apparently found this an opportune time to inflict terror in Benghazi, and they did.

    Ambassador Susan Rice mistakenly assumed this to have been another spontaneous protest of the movie.

    And that's what "Conservatives" claim to be so upset about. They say it was an Obama plot to misidentify this terrorist attack as a spontaneous protest.

    Essentially, "Conservatives" cannot find any real scandals in the Obama administration, and so they try to invent scandals. And this just another phony scandal.

    Yawn . . .

    Basically Schwa, this is just more overblown right wing blather.

    You would think that Republican Representatives would focus on offering their constituents good governance, but complaining about pretend scandals is how they choose to spend their time and the nation's money.

  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    May 5, 2014 7:07 p.m.

    Chaffetz may be on to something here. I'm pretty sure these "hidden" Benghazi documents reveal the whereabouts of Flight 370.

  • utah chick cedar city, UT
    May 5, 2014 7:03 p.m.


    "There's enough evidence, we already know Obama will lie to win re-election ("You can keep your insurance. You can keep your doctor.")"

    Are you serious? Re-election?

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2014 7:03 p.m.

    It's a about a cover up worse than WATERGATE!!!!

    It's about a Secretary of State lying to coverup her failure to protect the diplomats and soldiers she declared with her life to defend.

    It's about a POTUS who was no where to be found when the news broke and 4 brave Americans died.

    Is about an American who laid down his life painting a target of our enemies and no one, not Biden, not Michelle, not Harry Reid, not Uerkle, and not Hilary had his back......and to date no one has been arrested or punished except Lara Logan of CBS!

    I want those who are responsible to suffer forever for failing to protect OURS!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 5, 2014 7:01 p.m.

    It matters because the Obama administration lied, is stonewalling and is covering it up! Just tell the truth, period! Our leaders should not be lying to us! If Benghazi is a phony scandal so was Watergate. In Watergate a lying President resigned in disgrace even though no one died. People went to jail, even though no one died. TRUTH should matter but to some, it just doesn't!

  • Hoosier87 American Fork, UT
    May 5, 2014 6:22 p.m.

    A US Ambassador is killed with several other Americans and Obama acts like it's no big deal - this is amazing.

    Can someone tell me what could possibly be worth redacting from those emails if they weren't trying to hide something? There's no national security issues contained in those emails. Give me a break.

    This President and his advisors are the most incompetent we've had in a generation!

    Everything this President touches is screwed up. The economy is still stagnate. Health care costs are skyrocketing and the National debt is a complete joke. He's the Jimmy Carter of our generation times 2...

    I hope Chaffetz is appointed too - cause I want to know what really happened over there.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    May 5, 2014 6:13 p.m.

    I still don't understand what exactly the controversy is with Benghazi. Is this really about what a talking points memo said immediately after an attack, before anyone had any real information about it?

  • David Centerville, UT
    May 5, 2014 6:11 p.m.

    Uprooting corruption & dishonesty in government should be of utmost importance. Chaffetz' & others efforts to determine if Obama & the administration lied to avoid revealing embarrassing policy failures during the presidential campaign should be supported by appointment of a special investigator.

    There's enough evidence, we already know Obama will lie to win re-election ("You can keep your insurance. You can keep your doctor."), there's "probable cause" (the campaign), there's contradictory documents and statements.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    May 5, 2014 6:10 p.m.

    I find it ironic that Jason Chaffetz is the one leading the charge on Benghazi when it was him and his committee that denied the State Department request for more funding for upgraded security in Libya before the attack. The hypocrisy of politicians (including Chaffetz) knows no bounds.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 5, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    It would be nice if Chaffetz would stop playing partisan politics for once, and try to do something for the good of the country. Sadly, though, I don't see that happening.