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Barack Obama Scandal: 10 Key Quotes From the Benghazi Controversy

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves after testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 03:51 PM

Comments from people involved in or researching the Barack Obama scandal in Benghazi can be chilling. They tell the story of possible continuing deception at high levels.

Here are 10 quotes to describe what occurred during the attack and follow-up that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, on the U.S. compound in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.

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1. "There will never be perfect clarity on everything that happened," according to Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state during the attack, in her book "Hard Choices."

2. "I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans. It’s just plain wrong, and it’s unworthy of our great country. Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me," Hillary Clinton said in her book.

3. Clinton, however, may have signed waivers allowing occupation of the compound when it didn’t meet security standards, according to Aaron Klein, author of "The Real Benghazi Story: What the White House Doesn’t Want You to Know."

Klein asked, "Did Clinton know she was approving a woefully unprotected compound? If not, then at the very least she is guilty of dereliction of duty and the diplomatic equivalent of criminal negligence."

4. U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican, said: "It is now abundantly clear that senior White House staff were directly involved in coordinating the messaging in response to the Benghazi attacks and were actively working to tie the reason to the infamous Internet video, which they knew from the CIA and others was demonstrably false."

5. Following the House Intelligence Committee’s findings that seemingly exonerated figures in the Barack Obama scandal, it was found the committee didn’t really come to conclusions about certain activities, such as Susan Rice’s misinformation on a video supposedly causing the attack.

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"The Intelligence Committee made no findings one way or the other on this highly-charged question. Instead, it ducked questions of motivation and bad faith on the part of Rice and others in the administration," wrote Paul Mirengoff on Powerlineblog.

6. "This new Benghazi 'intelligence' report is little more than a C.Y.A. attempt designed to protect incompetent politicians and government agents at the expense of justice for the victims of Sept. 11, 2012," Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul wrote in Breitbart, using an acronym for "cover your ***."

7. "Many unanswered questions remain about the State Department and White House actions," Susan Phalen, a spokeswoman for the House committee, admitted in an email response to Paul. "The [committee’s] jurisdiction is the Intelligence Community."

8. The introduction to the House Intelligence Committee’s report stated: "The Committee did receive evidence about the activities of the Defense Department, State Department, and White House personnel … But the Committee does not make final conclusions about other agencies to the extent they were not the focus of the Committee’s investigation."

9. "The committee finds that a mixed group of individuals, including those affiliated with al-Qaida, participated in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, although the Committee finds that the intelligence was and remains conflicting about the identities, affiliations, and motivations of the attackers," the report noted.

10. "When I arrived in Tripoli on July 31, we had over 30 security personnel, from the State Department and the U.S. military, assigned to protect the diplomatic mission to Libya," Gregory Hicks, a high-ranking diplomat, testified. "On September 11, we had only nine diplomatic security agents under [Christopher Sevens'] authority to protect our diplomatic personnel in Tripoli and Benghazi."

Hicks pointed out his explanation did not make it into the congressional report.

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