No One Died When Trump’s National Security Advisor Lied

The scandal may be “a cover-up in search of a crime,” but, like extramarital fellatio in the Oval Office, it’s not the act that matters but the denial of it.

Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s National Security Advisor, either lied, misled, or, in the words of Flynn himself, “inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information” about the nature of his phone conversation with the Russian ambassador. He has since resigned.

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In a hard-hitting analysis published Friday, The Federalist put the mainstream media’s double standard in perspective:

“Buried deep beneath the Michael Flynn hysteria this week was Judicial Watch’s release of newly obtained State Department documents related to the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012. One email confirms—again—that the Obama administration knew the day after the attack it was not a random act of violence stemming from an anti-Muslim video. That was the excuse shamefully propagated by top Obama administration officials (including the president himself) and swallowed whole by a media establishment desperate to help Obama win re-election six weeks later.

According to the summary of a call on September 12, 2012 between State Department Under-Secretary Patrick Kennedy and several congressional staffers, Kennedy was asked if the attack came under cover of protest: “No this was a direct breaching attack,” he answered” (emphasis added). – When President Obama’s National Security Advisor Lied, The Media Laughed

Susan Rice, then-U.N. Ambassador, would be promoted to National Security Advisor nine months later. K.T. McFarland (now Trump’s Deputy National Security Advisor) wrote at the time that Obama’s rationale for promoting Rice was simple: to reward her “for being a loyal (if incompetent) soldier,” and, knowing that Republicans were preparing an investigation, to allow Rice to “invoke executive privilege and claim she doesn’t have to testify on Capitol Hill.” If true, this is genius—if corrupt.

Following the Benghazi attacks, Rice hit the Sunday news shows “to peddle a story she knew was completely phony,” according to The Federalist.

Here’s Rice on Face the Nation:

“In fact, it began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo, where of course as you know there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video. But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons, of the sort that are unfortunately readily available in Libya post-revlution, and that it spun from there into something much much more violent.

We do not have information at present that this was premeditated or preplanned.”

At a time when trust in the media is at a historic lowapproval of Congress is in the teens, and Americans still feel (if less so, of late) that the country is headed in the wrong direction, misinformation should not be excusable in any circumstance.

That said…

Put these events on the scale of justice and it’s not difficult to tell which is worse, the one related to a phone conversation about as-yet-unlifted sanctions, or the one related to the murder of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and U.S. Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

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Read the full article, When President Obama’s National Security Advisor Lied, The Media Laughed, and follow The Federalist on Facebook and Twitter.
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