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LIGNET's Fleitz: Don't Expect Easy Testimony on Benghazi

Friday, 02 May 2014 05:42 PM

Witnesses before the select House committee being formed to probe a possible Benghazi cover-up might try to dodge testifying, according to Fred Fleitz, the chief analyst for the global forecasting service LIGNET.

"There's some significant legal problems that lay ahead. I wouldn't be surprised if someone claimed executive privilege, someone claimed the Fifth Amendment," Fleitz told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"And some are going to claim that this is being investigated by the Justice Department so we can't talk about it.''

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Following this week's release of emails that appear to show the White House coached then-U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice to mislead the nation about the 2012 Benghazi attack in which four Americans died, House Speaker John Boehner announced the House probe.

Fleitz believes Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, will be called to testify, but will attempt to deftly skate through the grilling.

"Hillary is pretty fast on her feet, and it will be hard to catch her," Fleitz said.

"But this committee will be effective in nailing down the fact that she knew very well that this was a terrorist attack and misled everyone in her original testimony to a congressional committee and when she spoke publicly right after the attack in September 2012."

Fleitz made his comments during a panel discussion on the Malzberg show with Seton Motely, founder of Less Government, who doesn't believe government officials called to testify will invoke the Fifth Amendment.

"Why plead the Fifth when you can say, 'This is an ongoing investigation, we don't comment on ongoing investigations, I recuse myself on that, I won't comment on that,''' Motley asked.

"I'm afraid that's going to be a whole lot of what we see in our very near future.''

Motely also believes Clinton will do her best to minimize any culpability.

"I know if she's called up to testify, she's going to try to mitigate the damage she did to herself with that quote, ['What difference does it make?']'' he said.

"But again, I don't see how she can without being revelatory, which would be damaging to her if she decides to run in 2016."

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