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February 21, 2014 - 7:57 am

The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Relations Committee is demanding that Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) apologize for suggesting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have told the Pentagon to stand down in the Benghazi attack response.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) took issue with a Monday speech Issa gave in New Hampshire. Issa told the GOP event he “came here to hopefully shape the debate for 2016.”

“We need to have an answer of when the secretary of Defense had assets that he could have begun spinning up. Why there was not one order given to turn on one Department of Defense asset?” Issa said of Benghazi. “I have my suspicions, which is Secretary Clinton told Leon [Panetta] to stand down, and we all heard about the stand down order for two military personnel. That order is undeniable.”

Cummings told Issa in a letter today that the “accusations are beyond the pale, and you should immediately retract them and issue a public apology.”

“The definition of treason is the betrayal of allegiance owed to one’s country, and your statements seem to accuse former Secretary Clinton of this offense. You suggest that Secretary Clinton directed the Secretary of Defense of the United States to intentionally withhold military assistance that may have saved the lives of one of her own ambassadors and three other brave Americans serving their country,” Cummings continued. “Attempting to qualify your accusations as ‘suspicions’ does not help your cause, but instead reveals that you have no evidence to back up your claims.”

He highlighted a recent House Armed Services Committee report that found there was no stand-down order, and added that he was “personally stunned by the reckless, baseless, and utterly offensive accusations you launched” against Clinton.

“This is not the first time you have publicly—and falsely—accused former Secretary Clinton of actions relating to Benghazi.  On April 24, 2013, you went on national television and accused Secretary Clinton of making false statements to Congress about personally authorizing security reductions in Libya, citing her ‘signature’ on a cable sent by the Department in 2012,” Cummings continued. “In fact, the cable you referenced—which you had access to at the time, but the press did not—included only a stamp of the Secretary’s name, like millions of other cables sent from the State Department to posts around the world.”

“Although you have frequently made baseless accusations without evidence to support them, I believe the statements you made on Monday in New Hampshire are the most insulting and unpatriotic accusations you have made during your past three years as Chairman. You may believe this kind of affront is acceptable at a political event with donors who expect rhetoric with ‘red meat,’ but Members of Congress have a higher and more solemn responsibility to respect the Constitution and those charged with fulfilling its mission. As the Ranking Member of this Committee, I ask that you publicly apologize for your statements and withdraw them immediately.”

Earlier this month, Issa told The Hill that he was retracting some comments: past praise for Clinton’s cooperation with the Benghazi investigation, as noted in a December 2012 interview for the book HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.

“The snapshot in time was an accurate snapshot — at that time I had a pledge from the secretary to cooperate,” Issa said. “Secretary Clinton promised me full cooperation. I got less than full cooperation. She didn’t deliver.”

Issa also stressed that the probe is not over and Clinton will be called to answer the committee’s questions either in an open hearing or behind closed doors.

“She’s a factor in this in a number of areas,” he said. “In the case of Secretary Clinton, I do believe that there will be a number of questions that we will need to get specifically from her. I believe the same of [former] Secretary [of Defense Leon] Panetta.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Cummings has a lot of gall demanding an apology after the BS he has spewed forth concerning those attacked by the IRS. Cummings is a left-wing, if not actual communist, hypocrite.
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, why don't you STFU and find out who is responsible for the deaths of 4 American's. If it was your son you would go to the ends of the earth to find out, and why shouldn't we. Nothing was done to try to prevent or stop in any way this atrocity by the America government. Obama,Clinton and quite a few others should apologize to the parents and the American public.
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Just so we're clear;
Hillary Clinton stood over the 4 bodies of the men who were murdered and swore "justice" regarding the maker of a video tape. All the while clearly cognizant that this was a manufactured lie to protect Obama's re-election - and Issa owes her what?

No, I don't think so.

Any other administration would have persecuted and put her in prison for her incredible (yet consistent!) incompetence and dereliction of duty.
And this creature is the assumed 45th President of the U.S.? ROFL.
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We know that HRC was responsible for all diplomatic offices.
We know that the compound in Benghazi was effectively 'US soil' and that the Ambassador was the legal representative of the US in Libya.
We know that there were in fact, adequate, trained military resources close enough to respond to the day-long attack in Benghazi.
We know that NO effort was made to support the Benghazi team; under circumstances where established rescue procedures had to have been countermanded by the highest authority, to deny rescue.
We know that HRC did NOTHING to get relief resources to Benghazi.
Abandoning defenseless US resources in Benghazi can only occur if those with ultimate authority put their owed allegiance elsewhere.
We know that the State Dept lied about the motivation for the attack.
We know that the federal government has done NOTHING to bring the perpetrators to justice in the 17 months since the assault.
Even circumstantially this should be sufficient proof that the truth of Benghazi still isn't public; and that the SOS, the SOD, and the CinC, are necessarily culpable and should be held accountable for crimes against the US.
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Congressman Elijah Cummings is the democrat spoiler on the committee, whose task is to confuse and distort the facts, and to confuse observers, regarding the validity of the information that comes out of the committee's investigations, in order to protect his political allies.
· Cummings asserts that Clinton did not actually sign the orders limiting security. In fact, signature stamps are carefully controlled, a stamped facsimile signature has equal weight with a personal signature, and the use of the stamp is subject to strict rules that control and validate its usage — and Cummings knows it.
· The definition of treason is not the nonsense that Cummings asserts, but is quite explicitly stated in the United States Constitution, Article III, Section 3: "...treason against the United States shall consist ... in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort." Does a failure to make any response to a vicious military attack against United States territory constitute "giving Aid and Comfort" to the terrorists. You decide -- not Cummings!
· Despite Elijah Cummings, the Obama Administration, Clinton and Susan Rice's efforts to cover up and obfuscate the facts about what really happened, the following appear to be clear:
· The President, the Commander-in-Chief, had failed to place the U.S. Military in a state of readiness to respond to attacks upon United States soil, at a time when such attacks were highly likely on September 11, the anniversary of the World Trade Center Attack, and also of the Battle of Vienna in 1683, at which the Muslim forces were decisively defeated in their effort to conquer Europe. Muslims place a great deal of weight on symbolism such as this.
· Repeated requests for increased security at the Benghazi facility were denied by Clinton, despite obvious repeated attacks testing that security, by enemy forces.
· The Secretary of State, on whose departmental facilities the attack was progressing, became mysteriously absent in the midst of the battle, and evidently failed to undertake any efforts at rescue of her embattled forces, apparently determining in her mind, "What Difference Does it Make?"
· The United States Armed Forces, as always commanded by their Commander-in-Chief, in a vast array all over the Mediterranean, were utterly unprepared and incapable of mounting any meaningful rescue mission, despite the obvious implications of September 11 to the Islamic mind, and the clear and present danger of attack.
· During the height of an attack on United States territory in Benghazi, the President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of United States forces, went to bed early, without knowing the progress of the battle, to rest for an upcoming campaign trip the following day.

Isn't there an old song, about "poor old Elijah" the cigar store Indian, who never gets a chance? Poor old Elijah, that poor old wooden-head! Marty Robbins must have had Elijah Cummings in mind, when he sang that song.

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22 weeks ago
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Issa did not go far enough and should apologize only when hell freezes over!
22 weeks ago
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“The definition of treason is the betrayal of allegiance owed to one’s country, and your statements seem to accuse former Secretary Clinton of this offense.

Bingo! Give that man a cigar!!
22 weeks ago
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No apology until Cummings apologizes on MSNBC for the treason by the Liar of the Senate : http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/27/ted-kennedy-soviet-union-ronald-reagan-opinions-columnists-peter-robinson.html
22 weeks ago
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I demand a public apology from God for Elijah Cummings' ignorant, diehard, knee jerk partisan brain

As for scuzzy Hillary, she has gone from screeching "What difference at this point does it make ?" when she finally deigned to show up and testify 4 months after Benghazi to , week before last, (paraphrased)..."Benghazi and the loss of 4 American lives is my biggest regret. And Chris Stevens a particular loss as he spoke Arabic."

(presumably the death of a non Arabic speaker is less awful)
22 weeks ago
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Clinton lied, our people died.

And they sent people to jail to cover for their sins.
22 weeks ago
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Democratic Socialist's of America: Stated Goals
What are seven principles behind what the DSA calls it's "Progressive Challenge?"

Dignified Work
Environmental Justice
Economic Redistribution
Democratic Participation
Community Empowerment
Global Non-Violence
Social Justice.
Never mind their soothing-sounding leftist doublespeak like 'Environmental Justice' (whatever that is supposed to mean) or the soft & fuzzy 'Global Non-Violence' (a euphemism for unilateral disarmament) — the DSA's self-declared principle of 'Economic Redistribution' clearly shows where these folks are coming from and exactly where they plan to take America. Mr. Elija Cummings is card carrying Communist who espouses the overthrow of everything America. One has to read where Mr. Cummings receives and executes his marching order from. This is a dangerous group (some 84) lawmakers organized and pledging the overthrow of everything America...in Washington DC's US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. America, wake-up! Mr. Cummings' marching order are to foist Hillary Clinton as President, so as to continue upon this path of dismantling more than 235 years of hard work and travail to raise one of the worlds wonders of humankind's freedoms and pursuit of happiness. Join A tea Party, urgently. Rid these communist vermin from inside the US House of Representatives. OH! You know what "ECONOMIC REDISTRIBUTION" means don't you? That's the "collective!" Soviet style Gulag. support a local Article V committee for: 1)term limits, 2)balanced budget, 3) return of States Rights. Pray. Amen.
22 weeks ago
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Madame Depraved Indifference could certainly try to get someone with an IQ above 85 to defend her.
22 weeks ago
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this is the same rep. cummings (Ga.) who stated in june, '13 that the i.r.s. investigation was completed and no bad guys were to be found. he also believes that having to prove who you are to vote is racism.

ahhhh, no biggie. here in Ga. we have pridely produced some doozies to send nauth to washington. remember the Ga. black rep. who was worried that our growing presence on the island of Guam might cause the island to tip over (see youtube video, if it hasn't been pulled). and then we have the honorable sen. sandford bishop, barry's accomplice in the pigford fraud, where tens of thousands of blacks were given (illegal) fed. payouts for discrimination on farm loans. btw, the number of black farmers receiving payouts was several times more than the total number of black farmers to have ever existed in the u.s., according to the census.

yeah, we in Ga. are well represented. oh wait, I forgot about that nutcase black woman rep. from hotlanna. what was her name?
22 weeks ago
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Cynthia Tucker - oh, sorry, she was the nutcase black woman Atlanta Urinal-Constipation editor.

You want to recall Cynthia McKinney - and some of the fine statements her father made...
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