Obama’s closest advisors, John Brennan and Dennis McDonough, as well as Valerie Jarrett and Tom Donilon, have been targeted in respect to their roles both in Benghazi and the Bergdahl/Taliban prisoner swap.
On May 28, 2014 Special Operation Speaks, a group of former military officers wrote a letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the newly created Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi concerning questions to be answered by the committee. Among the more interesting questions posed by the group were:
“Where were Tom Donilon, the National Security Advisor, Denis McDonough, his deputy, Valerie Jarrett, and John Brennan during the attacks, and what (if any) recommendations or decisions did any of them make?
“What was the true purpose of the Special Mission Compound (SMC)? There is no formal recognition in the State Department of a SMC, and this facility was clearly not a Consulate.”
In an article written by Josh Rogin and Eli Lake for the Daily Beast entitled “CIA Chief, White House Chief of Staff Long Argued the Taliban 5 Could Go Free” the authors reveal that since 2011 John Brennan, then-White House Counterterrorism Advisor, now Director of the CIA, and Dennis McDonough, then-Deputy National Security Advisor, now White House Chief of Staff, advocated the release of the Taliban terrorists in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl.
Judicial Watch Sues Depts. of Defense and State for Records about Benghazi Briefings of Congressional Leaders on Purpose of U.S. Mission and CIA Annex
On Thursday, June 5, Judicial Watched announced that on May 15, 2014 it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Departments of Defense and State to obtain records regarding briefings given to top congressional leaders regarding the activities of any agency or department of the U.S. government at the Special Mission Compound and/or classified annex in Benghazi, Libya. The suit asks for
a) any and all records from January 2011 to the present detailing the dates on which any official of the [Departments of Defense and State] briefed any of the following members of Congress on matters related to the activities of any agency or department of the U.S. government at the Special Mission Compound and/or classified annex in Benghazi, Libya:
Rep. John Boehner [Speaker of the House]
Rep. Mike Rogers [Chairman, House Select Permanent Committee on Intelligence]
Rep. Charles Dutch Ruppersberger [Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence]
Rep. Nancy Pelosi [Minority Leader of the House]
Sen. Dianne Feinstein [Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence]
Sen. Saxby Chambliss [Vice Chairman, Senate Select Committee in Intelligence]
Sen. Harry Reid [Senate Majority Leader]
Sen. Mitch McConnell [Senate Minority Leader]
b) Any and all records produced by any official of the[ Departments of Defense and State] in preparation for, use during, and/or pursuant to any of the aforementioned briefings (including, but is not limited to, any and all reports, analyses, presentation slides, and/or notes).
c) Any and all records of communication between any official of the [Departments of Defense and State] and any of the aforementioned members of Congress and/or any of their respective staff members regarding, concerning, or related to activities or operations of any agency of the U.S. government at the Special Mission Compound and/or the classified annex in Benghazi, Libya.
Since the attack in Benghazi, serious questions have been raised as to why Ambassador Stevens was at the Special Mission Compound. In August 2013, CNN reported, Speculation on Capitol Hill has included the possibility the U.S. agencies operating in Benghazi were secretly helping to move surface-to-air missiles out of Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of Syrian rebels.