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Tony Shaffer: Benghazi Coverup Claim Could Yield Criminal Charges

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 05:43 PM

Criminal charges could arise from a new report saying State Department employees removed damaging documents from a trove requested by in-house investigators reviewing the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya, a former whistleblower told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that the explosive claim from a former diplomat — reported on Monday by Daily Signal investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson — also must be investigated by Congress.

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If the allegation proves true, he said, "we're talking about . . . very serious charges being potentially brought against those who tampered [with] or destroyed documents."

But Shaffer, a former U.S. black-ops team leader in Afghanistan who went up against the previous administration, said that extracting the final pieces of the Benghazi puzzle will be a battle.

"There's approximately 15 percent of the story left untold," Shaffer said of the Benghazi matter, in which a militants' attack on the compound and the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, spawned allegations of cover-ups by State Department and White House officials.

Because that 15 percent potentially involves the "inner circle" of President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it will be "the most difficult to get to because those it's going to [affect] are going to be pushing back the hardest," said Shaffer.

"And that's why what Ms. Attkisson [reported] has relevance, and it needs to be examined in great detail," he said. "And I'd like to believe [U.S. Rep.] Trey Gowdy and his [House Benghazi select] investigative committee will go into this very quickly and very deeply."

Shaffer said unanswered questions about Benghazi include:
  • Why was U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice "lying to the American people" about the allegedly spontaneous cause of the attack in her first tour of Sunday morning talk shows afterward?
  • Why wasn't "a full-out, all-hands effort" made to rescue Stevens and others under siege in the embassy compound?
  • Why were the authors of "13 Hours," the ex-commando security contractors hired by the CIA to protect U.S. personnel, so close to the site of the attack to begin with — yet were still held back from going in?
Shaffer disputed the Democrats' mantra that Benghazi questions already have been "asked and answered."

"Other folks want to come forward," he said, "and I think they will."

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