Judicial Watch – New Benghazi Documents Confirm Clinton Email Cover-Up

Judicial Watch today released new Clinton emails on the Benghazi controversy that had been covered up for years and would have exposed Hillary Clinton’s email account if they had been released when the State Department first uncovered them in 2014.

The long withheld email, clearly responsive to Judicial Watch’s lawsuit seeking records concerning “talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack,” contains Clinton’s private email address and a conversation about the YouTube video that sparked the Benghazi talking points scandal (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01242)).

This Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit led directly to the disclosure of the Clinton email system in 2015.

The Clinton email cover-up led to court-ordered discovery into three specific areas: whether Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server was intended to stymie FOIA; whether the State Department’s intent to settle this case in late 2014 and early 2015 amounted to bad faith; and whether the State Department has adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s request.

The court also authorized discovery into whether the Benghazi controversy motivated the cover-up of Clinton’s email.  (The court ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”)

The September 2012 email chain begins with an email to Clinton at her private email address, “hdr22@clintonemail.com,” from Jacob Sullivan, Clinton’s then-senior advisor and deputy chief of staff. The email was copied to Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s then-chief of staff, and then was forwarded to then-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic Communications and Clinton advisor Phillipe Reines:

From: Sullivan, Jacob J

Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2012 11 :09 AM

To: ‘hdr22@clintonemail.com’ <hdr22@clintonemail.com>

Cc: Mills, Cheryl D

Subject: Key points

HRC, Cheryl –

Below is my stab at tp’s for the Senator call. Cheryl, I’ve left the last point blank for you. These are rough but you get the point.

I look forward to sitting down and having a Hillary~to-John conversation about what we know. l know you were frustrated by the briefing we did and I’m sorry our hands were tied in that setting.

It’s important we see each other in person, but over the phone today I just wanted to make a few points.

First, we have been taking this deadly seriously, as we should. I set up the ARB in record time, with serious people on it. l will get to the bottom of all the security questions. We are also in overdrive working to track down the killers, and not just through the FBI. We will get this right.

Second, the White House and Susan were not making things up. They were going with what they were told by the IC [Intelligence community].

The real story may have been obvious to you from the start (and indeed I called it an assault by heavily armed militants in my first statement), but the IC gave us very different information. They were unanimous about it.

Let me read you an email from the day before Susan went on the shows. It provides the talking points for HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] and for her public appearance. It’s from a very senior official at CIA, copying his counterparts at DNI [Director of National Intelligence], NCTC [National Counterterrorism Center], and FBI:

Here are the talking points …

–The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US Consulate and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.

-This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and as currently available information continues to be evaluated.

–The investigation is on-going, and the US Government is working with Libyan authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths US citizens.

That is exactly what Susan said, following the guidance from the IC. She obviously got bad advice. But she was not shading the truth.

Third, you have to remember that the video WAS important. We had four embassies breached because of protests inspired by it. Cairo, Tunis, Khartoum, and Sanaa. We had serious security challenges in Pakistan and Chennai and some other places. All this was happening at the same time. So many of the contemporaneous comments about the video weren’t referring in any way to Benghazi. Now of course even in those countries it was about much much more than the video, but the video was certainly a piece of it one we felt we had to speak to so that our allies in those countries would back us up.

(In fact, as Judicial Watch famously uncovered in 2014, the “talking points” that provided the basis for Susan Rice’s false statements were created by the Obama White House.)

Judicial Watch requested records related to the Benghazi talking points in May 2014. In July 2014, it filed suit. The Clinton email finally released this month was first identified by the State Department in September, 2014 but was withheld from Judicial Watch despite it specifically referencing talking points. After it was specifically described in an Office of the Inspector General report, the court ordered its production. It was only after Judicial Watch informed the State Department it was prepared to file a motion with the court to compel production of the records that the Department relented and produced the 2012 email in question.

(In an August 22, 2019, hearing, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordered production of the record in granting Judicial Watch significant new discovery in the case. Judge Lamberth said, “There is no FOIA exemption for political expedience, nor is there one for bureaucratic incompetence.” The judge also stated that the government has mishandled this case and the discovery of information including former Secretary Clinton’s emails so poorly that Judicial Watch may have the ability to prove they acted in “bad faith.”)

“This email is a twofer – it shows Hillary Clinton misled the U.S. Senate on Benghazi and that the State Department wanted to hide the Benghazi connection to the Clinton email scheme,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Rather than defending her email misconduct, the Justice Department has more than enough evidence to reopen its investigations into Hillary Clinton.”

The court is considering whether to allow Judicial Watch to question Hillary Clinton and her top aide in person and under oath about the email and Benghazi controversies.

Last month, the State Department, under court order, finally provided Judicial Watch a previously hidden email, which shows top State Department officials used and were aware of Hillary Clinton’s email account.

Judicial Watch’s discovery over the last several months found many more details about the scope of the Clinton email scandal and cover-up:

  • John Hackett, former Director of Information Programs and Services (IPS) testified under oath that he had raised concerns that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff may have “culled out 30,000” of the secretary’s “personal” emails without following strict National Archives standards. He also revealed that he believed there was interference with the formal FOIA review process related to the classification of Clinton’s Benghazi-related emails.
  • Heather Samuelson, Clinton’s White House liaison at the State Department, and later Clinton’s personal lawyer, admitted under oath that she was granted immunity by the Department of Justice in June 2016.
  • Justin Cooper, former aide to President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation employee who registered the domain name of the unsecure clintonemail.com server that Clinton used while serving as Secretary of State, testified he worked with Huma Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, to create the non-government email system.
  • In the interrogatory responses of E.W. (Bill) Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, he stated that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President.
  • Jacob “Jake” Sullivan, Clinton’s senior advisor and deputy chief of staff when she was secretary of state, testified that both he and Clinton used her unsecure non-government email system to conduct official State Department business.
  • Eric Boswell, former assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, testified that Clinton was warned twice against using unsecure BlackBerry’s and personal emails to transmit classified material.

The above was a press release from Judicial Watch.

via thefederalistpapers


  1. Lock this lying bitch, Crooked Hillary Clinton AND all those lying, socialist accomplices of hers–who were NOT given a pass on Benghazi for fraud, deceit and treason. They all have disgraced this country in so many ways and for so many years. Cut this cancer out, ALL of it!

    1. Jim: You are absolutely correct. This travesty must be finalized once and for all. All roads point to Hillary and the Obama administration. Justice MUST be served.

      1. Absolutely, I believe, true. They all need to pay for what they did. However, given the track record of these people getting away with all sorts of crime, I have to take a wait and see, and do not have a lot of faith in this coming to an end where we see some of these, most notably, clinton, and some of the obama folks, in jail… which includes obama himself.

      1. Clinton herself can’t give that order that would have had to come from higher up, is what I have came to believe, the chain of command. If you remember Hillary refused to go and support Obama on his next run for re-election and bill went in her play everybody thought that was strange but I didn’t I thought it was because she was angry with him over Benghazi because he put her on the hot plate by ordering to stand down. That is why they then promised her the presidency in 2016 that’s my conspiracy theory.

      2. This is where Obama comes in. Obama and Clinton were just as guilty of sending these heroes to their deaths. They were expecting help and Obama and Clinton watched these brave men die knowing that their asses were on the line. It was most important to save their own skin than to send help which would have surely saved their lives. How much of this do we the American people have to say “Oh well” to theses vile soul less Cockroaches.

    2. Immediately arrest, freeze all (including the entire Clinton Foundation) of the assets of, prosecute, convict, and execute all of these corrupt commie-rats and their criminal gangs!

  2. Have everything to arrest Hillary for murder. Lying to the public and government. But evil corrupt nasty unamerican is still walking free and wants to run for president. But she wants to be a dictator not a president. Just kick her up. She is a disgrace.

    1. About half of educated America can not discern between a criminal and a noncriminal even when criminal acts and scandals leave a long trail in plain view?
      Why? How? Because those Americans devour MSM coverup news and feed on fascist elitist’s propaganda. And they think they are American when they can’t even think for themselves.
      They must all party under Denver’s NEW WORLD Air port Commission’s Fascist mural enjoying the dead babies in the coffins.

      1. Joseph Goebbels would be gleaming with pride at the Big Lie propaganda scheme used by these thoroughly corrupt commie-rats and their criminal deep state gangs to rob US blind and destroy the Constitution and the Liberty of the People! Each and every one of the participants need to be arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and executed IMMEDIATELY!

    1. She would have a very stylish choice of orange and striped jump suits!

      She needs to be put there before she has the chance to run again!

      The crimes she has perpetrated with her criminal husband, Obama, the commie-rat party, and the deep state should be punished by the death penalty!

  3. You know Hitlery is a crooked evil lying beech, I know Hitlery is crooked, a traitor, a filthy lying beech. So why isn’t she in jail? Does she have so much dirt on other Senators/Congressmen they don’t want to go there? Hummmmmm?

  4. The DEMOSCUMS AND THERE MEDIA ACCOMPLICES in our country have seriously reversed TRUE JUSTICE in AMERICA if HILLARY had became PRESIDENT AMERICANS would’ve never learned about the extent of the LIES n deceit from the CLINTON CARTEL! That said I hope this is just the beginning PRESIDENT TRUMP needs four more years to bring down the CLINTON CARTEL along with BIDEN n THE WHOLE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BIDEN is a MENTALLY DISTURBED PiG he doesn’t have the brains to carry out this CHINA DEAL that LINED BIDEN AND OBAMA’S POCKETS with part of that BILLION & a HALF DOLLARS TRUMP 2020

    1. All of those people, including Biden who has sold US out to the communists and anyone else who will pay him or his family, are TRAITORS. They need to be arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and then electrocuted!

  5. say whatever you want , it doesnt matter any more , the country is lost . tha democrats have so corrupted the country that it will never recover from the hate they spew under the title of social justice warrior. I will be gone before they country is overrun but i say GOD BLESS AMERICA

  6. How much more do they have to find to finally do something about it? Hilary has broke so many of our laws it disqusting she is not in prison. Not only did she have a private e mail server using it to send secret documents, she paid for a fake dosier and tried to frame Trump with the help of many of of top personal in goverment. Why is she not in jail?

  7. They will never pay and in the future all demonrats will never pay for crimes. They are untouchable. They can do all kinds of crime even murder many people and nothing will happen to them. The corruption in the government is almost 100% of the whole government so all will cover for each other and hide evidence.

  8. Cut out this Hag hillery cancer from our country! This pinnacle of vanity and self-worship is tiring. She has wasted too much of our time.

  9. let me start with this chicken shit site . the code was right on. and they did post my last post . to much truth in it . trash media . next time and every time I will record my post .and when you do this crap again it too will be posted all over .in hopes to bring down your stocks . I was saying. I see Hillary Clinton in a lower way than most . she was told that country’s like china, Russia, Iran and the rest could hack her email server . and yet she kelp it up. she was sailing top security information to these country’s . jest look how many that were killed because of her actions . Hillary and Obama did more than sale out America . they sold America’s lives and others . any one and every one that plated any part in this crap should get life in prison or shot as spy’s. all of this jest because the bitch Hillary Clinton lost in2016. and that was because all American’s could see what a lieing deceitful bitch she is and no other reason. like in 2016 today as well the Clintons and Obama and the rest of the trash is being protected . we all of us need to know by who .if the deep state the one then rip it apart and lock them all up and throw the key away .

  10. With all the impeachment talk, which is partisan BS not a crime, there are 2 bigger more critical “i” words for Hillary. Indict and imprison. Why are we still talking about this? Is there no justice left? Trumps phone call was not any kind of betrayal of the national trust. Hillary’s actions betrayed brave, American patriots, her schemes helped kill good men. Her schemes covered up their deaths and dishonored their memories. Someone with sense of patriotic justice, please indict her, imprison her and call her out as a self centered, power hungry, murderer and liar. Go to jail or die, but leave us alone

    1. Word, my patriotic one! I am totally in agreement with you and i despise those who attack Donald Trump for insignificant issues that our only a distraction from the demon cratic party and the Clinton regime and the Obama fraud! He is not an American citizen has never been an American citizen has never been a Christian he’s a freaking Muslim! If it looks like a cat and it barks it’s a dog! Wake up people and demand that the Obama Administration along with hilarious Hillary are sent to gitmo given the cozy little 5 by 8 cell for the rest of their American lives! Oorah!
      Semper Fi!!

  11. Every time I see the lyingbitchofBenghazi, or hear any of the drivel she spews, I get angry again! WHEN WILL SHE HAVE THE JUSTICE, she truly deserves, CRAMMED DOWN HER UGLY THROAT? I want her arrested, tried, convicted of treason and SHOT DEAD, by a US military firing squad – -the SAME squad of valiant fighters and heroes she, personally, hated so much!

  12. Just look at what’s going on in Washington the President is being railroaded and his accuser has yet to be broth fort seam’s like Dodge City with Judge Roy Beam presiding ( Adam Schiff).If you don’t thing the Clinton’s along with a host of Democrat’s are involved to create a diversion of what’s coming from the Russian Hoax.I hope that Hilary will finally get her Justice.

  13. So lock her up. But who is going to do it? At what point does the Rule of Law start effecting our so called leaders, and those who cover for them? What is going on in the House of Representitives is another example of Elected officials snubbing their nose at the Constitution. Since when does the House of Representatives have the right set up rules defying “Due Process” for any reason? Since when does the house leadership have the right to demand written requests to be approved by the Shifty head of a Committee before they can request data or subpoena individuals to testify? That is the Communist Rule of Law. The Constitution is all incompassing, no one can pick and choose what they want and interpret it as the Law. The new rules for verifying impeachment is a POLITICAL SCAM! It matters not who they are impeaching, it could be you or I by any government body! The Senate needs to get off its Ass and stop this political ploy using their rights to impeach under the Consitution by making it a Kangaroo Communist circus court.

  14. Bill Clinton sold us out to the Chinese! He gave him the keys to our GPS system and sent engineers to China to teach them how to Stage Rockets and they proved to us they could shoot a satellite out of the sky from the ground which put all kinds of debris in orbit traveling at 17000 miles an hour! The Clinton Foundation is a total sham! Where Have You Ever Seen on PBS or any other channel that they were funded by the Clinton Foundation? They stole the money to rebuild Haiti they made half a million dollars to speak and Hillary Clinton destroyed all the computers in her house with a fire that started in the same room that the computers were and everybody knew it was set by them! How many people we’re killed for knowing too much about the clintons? The same guy who said he never inhaled band the same guy who didn’t have any sexual dealings with Monica Lewinsky! The whole Clinton Clan need to be put in a family jail where they all can sit and rot but it doesn’t matter because if they don’t get it in this life they will certainly get there to Rewards in the final judgement! I will be so happy the day I see either Mr or Mrs Clinton preferably both locked up for crimes against humanity!

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