Judicial Watch's Farrell: More Benghazi Documents On the Way

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 05:47 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Chris Farrell, director of research and investigation at Judicial Watch, claims that the legal group has more documents on the way concerning the Benghazi attacks and additional Freedom of Information Act requests filed.

"Even the lawsuit that produced these smoking gun emails that tie it all back to the White House, there are more documents due to us under that lawsuit," Farrell told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV. "There are three other lawsuits we filed just with State Department alone."

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Judicial Watch was the organization that successfully obtained the emails that showed that White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes had told then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice to blame the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya on a YouTube video.

Farrell says that the reason Judicial Watch has been more successful in obtaining the Benghazi documents than the numerous congressional committees investigating the matter is that they are not subject to the "political theater" that lawmakers must contend with.

"These are government entities playing pushing and shoving matches with each other," Farrell explained.

"When we use the Freedom of Information Act, we're operating under the law," he said.

"Our ability to contest what the government is doing ends up in a federal court with a judge, a federal judge looking over what these attorneys are doing and the representations they're making."

"That tends to bring a different level of attention and sense of urgency to the government because they don't want negative judgments entered against them," Farrell added. "They don't want to be held in contempt.... So we kind of raised the stakes on them by the way that we operate using the legal tools available to us versus the political theater of the committee of Congress."

Farrell believes that it will be better for the House to have the select committee that will investigate the Benghazi attacks because there will be "one synchronized, coordinated committee led by somebody with actual prosecutorial experience like Trey Gowdy, " as opposed to the numerous committees that were trying to investigate the attack previously.

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