Fed Judge Authorizes Judicial Watch to Depose Ben Rhodes IN PERSON After He Defies Court Order

 

The clock is ticking:

Senior officials, including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Jacob Sullivan, and FBI official E.W. Priestap, will now have to answer to Judicial Watch.

Fed Judge Authorizes Judicial Watch to Depose Ben Rhodes IN PERSON After He Defies Court Order to Answer Written Questions Under Oath

 

Recall

Federal Court orders discovery on Clinton E-Mails, Benghazi, Top Officials to Testify

On Monday, a federal judge authorized conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch to depose Obama’s speechwriter-turned-Iran-echo-chamber Ben Rhodes after he defied a court order to answer questions under oath.

Enter Mr. Rhodes: Who has a masters in fiction from NYU. An aspiring writer.

For some background on Rhodes a Foreign Policy post:

A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes – the asshole who is the Presidents foreign policy guru

 

The profile of one Ben Rhodes running in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is not unsympathetic, which makes it all the more devastating.

Perhaps the key sentence is this: “His lack of conventional real-world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations — like military or diplomatic service, or even a master’s degree in international relations, rather than creative writing — is still startling.”

Rhodes’ official title in the Obama administration was Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, and he played key roles in numerous foreign policy decisions. He took heat in 2016 when he boasted in a New York Times profile of creating an “echo chamber” to sell the Iran nuclear deal and mocked Washington, D.C., reporters.

Free Beacon

 

Obama hack Ben Rhodes was ordered by Judge Royce Lamberth to answer questions under oath about the Benghazi scandal — but last week he defied the court order.

Even worse, the State Department and Justice Department were objecting to Judicial Watch who then sought an in-person interview with Mr. Rhodes – but Judicial Watch never backed down and won!

In January, Judicial Watch submitted a court-ordered discovery plan seeking depositions of Obama-era officials connected to the Benghazi scandal, including Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes.

The discovery plan stems from a December, 2018 ruling by Judge Royce Lamberth ordering the State Department and DOJ to submit discovery in three areas.

Judge Lamberth called Hillary Clinton’s use of the private email server “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

Gateway Pundit

 

Back in January we learn the breath-taking amount of info the Judge is allowing.

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced today that United States District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that discovery can begin in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers and Clinton aides will now be deposed under oath. Senior officials, including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Jacob Sullivan, and FBI official E.W. Priestap, will now have to answer Judicial Watch’s written questions under oath.

The court rejected the DOJ and State Department’s objections to Judicial Watch’s court-ordered discovery plan. (The court, in ordering a discovery plan last month, ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”)

Judicial Watch’s discovery will seek answers to:

  • Whether Clinton intentionally attempted to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a non-government email system;
  • whether the State Department’s efforts to settle this case beginning in late 2014 amounted to bad faith; and
  • whether the State Department adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request.

Discovery is scheduled to be completed within 120 days. The court will hold a post-discovery hearing to determine if Judicial Watch may also depose additional witnesses, including Clinton and her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills.

The Judicial Watch discovery plan was in response to a December 6, 2018, ruling by Judge Lamberth.

Incredibly, Justice Department attorneys admit in a filing opposing Judicial Watch’s limited discovery that “Counsel for State contacted the counsel of some third parties that Plaintiff originally included in its draft discovery proposal to obtain their client’s position on being deposed.”

This collusion occurred despite criticism from the Court that the DOJ engaged in “chicanery” to cover up misconduct and that career employees in the State and Justice Departments may have “colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this Court.”

The Judicial Watch piece is worth going over for the full read. A nice pick me up after yesterday.

‘The Final Year’ film exposes Obama team and their foreign policy naivety.

Ben Rhodes sputters incoherently at the end of “The Final Year,” the documentary about former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team and their diplomatic efforts throughout 2016.

He’s rendered speechless by an event he says wasn’t going to happen during the film: The election of Donald Trump.

Yet throughout the documentary, he’s also flummoxed by finding out Vladimir Putin isn’t out to promote what the U.S. thinks Russia’s interests are, the media’s response to his pronouncement that they were stupid rubes suckered into promoting the Iran nuclear deal, people who think climate change isn’t a bigger threat than Islamic terrorism, and at one point, getting into the back seat of a van.

These moments and more are captured in Greg Barker’s hagiographic film about Rhodes, John Kerry, Samantha Power, Susan Rice and Obama himself as they circle the globe wondering why things aren’t going the way they’re supposed to be.

Free Beacon

The Rough ‘Final Year’ of Ben Rhodes

 

 

Federal Court orders discovery on Clinton E-Mails, Benghazi, Top Officials to Testify

The operative sentence in the Judicial Watch piece is this:

The DOJ fought against Judicial Watch and colluded with Hillary Clinton’s cronies to limit discovery, but Judicial Watch prevailed.

Benghazi Consulate Victim

Why is Tom Fitton doing all the hard work on this? Having heard the confirmation hearing of Barr for Attorney General yesterday, I hold scant hope that the office will be any better in supporting Congress and anyone else trying to get to the bottom all of the nefarious activities going on in the swamp. He and his family are “good friends” of Mueller. Hope springs eternal.

 

 

Judge Lamberth ordered senior Obama officials to provide written answers to Judicial Watch under oath.

Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes will be deposed under oath on the Benghazi scandal.

Seven Other Top State Department/Clinton Aides Must also Respond to Judicial Watch Querie

 

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced today that United States District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that discovery can begin in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers and Clinton aides will now be deposed under oath. Senior officials, including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Jacob Sullivan, and FBI official E.W. Priestap, will now have to answer Judicial Watch’s written questions under oath. The court rejected the DOJ and State Department’s objections to Judicial Watch’s court-ordered discovery plan. (The court, in ordering a discovery plan last month, ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”)

Judicial Watch’s discovery will seek answers to:

  • Whether Clinton intentionally attempted to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a non-government email system;
  • whether the State Department’s efforts to settle this case beginning in late 2014 amounted to bad faith; and
  • whether the State Department adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request.

Discovery is scheduled to be completed within 120 days. The court will hold a post-discovery hearing to determine if Judicial Watch may also depose additional witnesses, including Clinton and her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills.

The Judicial Watch discovery plan was in response to a December 6, 2018, ruling by Judge Lamberth.

Incredibly, Justice Department attorneys admit in a filing opposing Judicial Watch’s limited discovery that “Counsel for State contacted the counsel of some third parties that Plaintiff originally included in its draft discovery proposal to obtain their client’s position on being deposed.” This collusion occurred despite criticism from the Court that the DOJ engaged in “chicanery” to cover up misconduct and that career employees in the State and Justice Departments may have “colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this Court.”

The Judicial Watch piece is worth going over for the full read. A nice pick me up after the hearing yesterday.

Hillary Clinton’s interference in Putin’s election and his revenge

 

Reports of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election have dominated the headlines. But this wasn’t the first time Vladimir Putin and Hillary Clinton faced off over an election and its fallout.

You see, Putin was clear-eyed about how the Obama and Clinton operated with their cronies in arms- Susan Rice, and Samantha Power as they lay waste to a number of elected governments. We will look at six interferences perpetrated against governments. Putin was no fool.

Then the unspeakable happened. Hillary decided to take on Putin as he was up for re-election.

Here is a scene from part one of “Putin’s Revenge,” an epic FRONTLINE documentary from “The Choice 2016” examining Putin’s rise, rule and motivations, and the American responses. Two parts of the program are available on YouTube.

 

 

 

 

What’s more, all the protestations about Russian interference in the US 2016 elections  when compared to previous US interference in Russian elections is small change.  Remember TIME magazine’s cover and report of July 15th, 1996? That was yesterdays post:

Recall when Bill Clinton meddled in Russian Election? Putin extracts revenge?

Let’s get back to Hillary and Obama.

The Guardian points out that “Americans can spot election meddling because they’ve been doing it for years“.

According to research by political scientist Dov Levin, the US and the USSR/Russia together intervened no less than 117 times in foreign elections between 1946 and 2000, or “one out of every nine competitive, national-level executive elections”.

Indeed, one cannot understand US-Russian relations today without acknowledging America’s role in the internal affairs of its defeated cold war foe.

Yeltsin relied on US political strategists – including a former aide to Bill Clinton – who had a direct line back to the White House. When Yeltsin eventually won, the cover of Time magazine was “Yanks to the rescue: The secret story of how American advisers helped Yeltsin win”.

Without the chaos and deprivations of the US-backed Yeltsin era, Putinism would surely not have established itself. But it’s not just Russia by any means, for the record of US intervention in the internal affairs of foreign democracies is extensive.

There’s more at the link.  Do read the piece. It does a fine job of what happened after Bill Clinton came into power:

As soon as Bill Clinton assumed the White House in 1993, his experts discussed “formulating a policy of American tutelage”, including unabashed partisan support for President Boris Yeltsin. “Political missionaries and evangelists, usually called ‘advisers’, spread across Russia in the early and mid-1990s,” notes Cohen: many were funded by the US government. (With disastrous results.)

 

Susan Rice gave “Stand Down” order in response to Russian Meddling

Obama and henchmen

 

The take away from this little number, and I for one will answer it. Why did Rice want our own Cyber security team not to continue to stop Russian meddling?

“I was incredulous and in disbelief,” Daniel Prieto, who worked under Daniel, is quoted saying in “Russian Roulette.”

“Why the hell are we standing down? Michael, can you help us understand?” Prieto asked.

Simply Susan Rice and her gaggle of co-conspirators needed Russian involvement. After all, Rice was doing endless “unmasking” of names, so she was deep into the Russian/Trump plot to deny this Presidency. Who knows, maybe the ones doing the cyber attacks were none other than our own CIA with some of their paid Russian henchmen involved. Most importantly, why all the secrecy. Why would we not have the right to know? There was even consideration for them to call voting a “critical infrastructure” thus giving Obama the right to control the States voting processes. I’ll even throw in some tin foil at the end!

Yes, we don’t need a special prosecutor, there is “no bias” and better yet, the deep State shall go on unimpeded:

Former President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity czar confirmed Wednesday that former national security adviser Susan Rice told him to “stand down” in response to Russian cyber attacks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Michael Daniel, whose official title was “cybersecurity coordinator,” confirmed the stand-down order during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing held to review the Obama and President Donald Trump’s administrations’ policy response to Russian election interference.

Rice’s order to Daniel was first reported in “Russian Roulette,” a book published in March that details Russia’s meddling in the election.

In the book, authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn reported that Daniel was developing strategies to respond to Russian cyber attacks on U.S. companies and political campaigns. He proposed using what’s known as denial of service attacks to take down Russian propaganda news sites and to attack Russian intelligence agencies.

Another idea was to announce a bogus “cyber exercise” against a Eurasian country. The goal was to put the Kremlin on notice that its infrastructure could easily be targeted by the U.S.

Read more at the Daily Caller

(The full post below is well worth the read) –

The Russian Spying story first came out in March of 2018 in the Huffington Post. Knowing what we know now, did Rice and others use this as cover to try and justify getting involved in State elections? Why all the secrecy?? Deep into the post entitled with this knee slapper:

‘Stand Down, how the Obama team blew the response to the Russian Meddling’

For the meetings related to the Russian hack, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, ordered the video feed turned off. She did not want others in the national security establishment to know what was under way, fearing leaks from within the bureaucracy.

White House officials who were absent from the meetings were not told what was being discussed. This even included other NSC staffers — some of whom bristled at being shut out. Often the intelligence material covered in these meetings was not placed in the President’s Daily Brief, the top-secret document presented to the president every morning. Too many people had access to the PDB. “The opsec on this” — the operational security — “was as tight as it could be,” one White House official later said.

Full story Huffington Post

Smoking gun – Susan Rice lies, lies lies on T.V. UPDATE

UPDATE: 

Susan Rice ordered spy agencies to produce ‘spreadsheets’ on Trump, aides

Susan Rice seems to have a penchant for wanting to go on T.V. and tell lies. I would think she would have learned her lesson and would stay under the radar. The Libs are out there and of course there was nothing wrong in what she did. Then why lie about it?

UPDATE Richard Pollock, DCNF

Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.

“What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals,” diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday.

“The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with,” diGenova said. “In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.”

More at DCNF

Notes from the clip:

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice had tough words in The Washington Post for President Trump and his administration on Wednesday, warning about the “profound dangers” of making false statements. In her first interview since leaving the White House, Rice joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the importance of U.S. credibility, as well as the intelligence probe into Russian interference.

White House to rally businesses to hire refugees, double global resettlement

Amazing isn’t it. One of the triumvirate of the Three women who brought us the new long war in Libyamaster planner of the failed Libyan State, designer of the non-Syrian intervention, blantant anti-semite, a master creator of all those refugees, now tells us and the world we need to import all of the refugees she helped create and disperse them and their primitive ideologies throughout the developed world. Lest we forget, I bring you a short snippet at the end as a reminder of just who Ms Power is, and the mindset of this administration. Yes, she is more than married to Cass Sunstein. She is and has been a threat to our Nation.

The White House will on Thursday rally businesses to give jobs to refugees ahead of a September summit where U.S. President Barack Obama will urge world leaders to boost humanitarian funds by a third and double the number of refugees being resettled.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said on Wednesday that the Obama summit during the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations would also aim to get one million refugee children in school and one million more refugees access to legal work in the neighboring countries they fled to.

“We need businesses, big and small, to do more too; which is why tomorrow, the White House is launching a private sector call to action, which will rally companies to do their part, from providing jobs to donating services to refugees,” Power said.

Power said the United Nations estimates that some 1.2 million refugees globally need to be resettled elsewhere because they are unsafe or their needs are not being met, but that in 2015 only 107,000 people relocated.

She said the United States intended to meet its goal of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees, out of a total 85,000 refugees, this year and slammed calls by some Americans to halt the refugee program following attacks in Paris and Orlando

“Ignorance and prejudice make for bad advisors,” Power said. Really Samantha?

More at Reuters and just who is this Samantha Power?

Commentary Magazine: (An excellent piece, well worth the full read on our gal)

 In a 2003 article for the New Republic, Power:  “The U.S,” she wrote, “came to be seen less as it sees itself (the cop protecting the world from rogue nations) than as the very runaway state international law needs to contain.”

Power wrote that America’s record in world affairs had been so harmful to the freedoms of people around the world that the United States could remedy the problem only through profound self-criticism and the wholesale adoption of new policies. Acknowledging that President Bush was correct in saying that “some America-bashers” hate the American people’s freedoms, Ms. Power stated that much anti-Americanism derives from the role that U.S. power “has played in denying such freedoms to others” and concluded:

U.S. foreign policy has to be rethought. It needs not tweaking but overhauling….Instituting a doctrine of mea culpa would enhance our credibility by showing that American decision-makers do not endorse the sins of their predecessors. When [then German Chancellor] Willie [sic] Brandt went down on one knee in the Warsaw ghetto, his gesture was gratifying to World War II survivors, but it was also ennobling and cathartic for Germany. Would such an approach be futile for the United States?

Other B-ville posts that may be of interest:

Gates: Obama went against all of the National Security team on ousting Mubarak

This is how we treat our friends and allies. Hillary Clinton, Samantha Power and Susan Rice orchestrated the ousting of Mubarak and the Arab Spring. Yet has Hilary been even questioned about it?

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Fox News that President Barack Obama ignored the advice of his “entire national security team” during the Egyptian coup in 2011 that ousted Hosni Mubarak, the country’s former president.

“Literally the entire national security team recommended unanimously handling Mubarak differently than we did,” Gates said. “And the president took the advice of three junior backbenchers in terms of how to treat Mubarak.”

Anti-Semite Susan Rice rises to NSA and Samantha Power moves to U.N.

In joining Ms. Rice and Ms. Power, Mrs. Clinton made an unusual break with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, who, along with the national security adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, and the counterterrorism chief, John O. Brennan, had urged caution. Libya was not vital to American national security interests, the men argued, and Mr. Brennan worried that the Libyan rebels remained largely unknown to American officials, and could have ties to Al Qaeda.”

No Americans will be inspecting Iranian nuclear sites

With all that has been going on this week, the Iran deal story has moved to the back burner. I know I am late to this story, but something that should have been a headliner in an otherwise summer news cycle. (Finally at my vacation destination so hope to visit my fellow patriot blogs soon. Thanks for hanging in.)

American investigators will not be part of the International Atomic Energy Agency team inspecting Iranian nuclear sites, inspections that are mandated in a historic agreement signed this week to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting crippling international sanctions.

“There are not going to be independent American inspectors separate from the IAEA” in Iran, Rice said when pressed on the issue. “The IAEA will be doing the inspections on behalf of the US and the rest of the international community.”

More at Times if Israel.

Here is a clip indicating Susan Rice and her Iran acumen.

State Department’s greatest hits: Kerry, Rice’s keen insight

A few of the greatest hits this week from our State Department. No doubt bubble face John should head the list. Sure we are safer now than ever before in the History of mankind. Something like that. And Bibi was a fool, and Ukraine just doesn’t get the joke.

 

Kerry voted for the Iraq war, before he was against it, but Bibi’s support shows his bad judgement. Bibi wasn’t even in office at the time.

Via Daily Beast:

Secretary of State John Kerry blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming his support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq shows his judgment on Iran can’t be trusted. “The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush. We all know what happened with that decision,” Kerry said during a House hearing Wednesday. Of course, Kerry voted for the war in Iraq in 2002 and said he was for the invasion during his presidential campaign against George W. Bush in 2004.

Susan Rice Laughs Uncontrollably When Charlie Rose Mentions Ukraine’s ‘Humiliating’ Retreat (February 25, 2015). Hint: Ukraine not laughing

Deserter Bergdahl served with ‘distinction’ according to Susan Rice

 

I caught an interview with Jake Tapper, now with CNN. He reported that in discussions with soldiers who served with this deserter, that Bergdahl took a knife and a compass when walking off in civilian clothes. In addition, at least six soldiers were killed while attempting to find him after he deserted. This does not even address what his father had to say in support of the Taliban.

This traitor should be tried for desertion, and certain not a hero deserving a parade. Now it is open season on kidnapping for trade. Good work.  Our Secretary of Defense is even more clueless. Just when one thought it could not get any worse. Tapper will have more with those who served with this fine fellow at 5:00 pm Eastern time on CNN. Might be worth the watch.

 

Clinton’s liberated Libya now haven for three virulent al Qaeda’s leaders

A few weeks ago, there were those who questioned what the accomplishments of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State were. But indeed, the Arab Spring was one of her most significant accomplishments, setting aside Benghazi itself. Now the fruits of her labor are here, and we are about to appreciate the accomplishment. Egypt? For another day. Let us be sure and give her the credit for Libya. Was it Obama? No, not his decision. He can only lead from behind, and that is a stretch.

Leaders from at least three of al Qaeda’s most virulent affiliates are now in Libya. What are they planning there? Let’s  give Hillary the full credit.

From the post:Three women who brought us the new long war in Libya

Three women in the Obama administration lobbied the President hard, over the span of a few hours, to approve the strike in Libya over the advice of his military and defense leaders. (Josh Rogin at the Cable has a full report on the meeting.)

New York Times:

In joining Ms. Rice and Ms. Power, Mrs. Clinton made an unusual break with Secretary of DefenseRobert M. Gates, who, along with the national security adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, and the counterterrorism chief, John O. Brennan, had urged caution. Libya was not vital to American national security interests, the men argued, and Mr. Brennan worried that the Libyan rebels remained largely unknown to American officials, and could have ties to Al Qaeda.”

Via Daily Beast:

Leaders from at least three of al Qaeda’s most virulent affiliates are now in Libya. What are they planning there?

In the nearly 20 months since the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks, al Qaeda operatives and allied terrorists have flocked to Libya, making the fragile North African country a hub for those seeking to wage jihad from north Africa, current and former U.S. counterterrorism officials tell The Daily Beast.

Not only does al Qaeda host Ansar al-Sharia, one of the militias responsible for the Benghazi attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. But U.S. intelligence now assesses that leaders from at least three regional al Qaeda affiliates—al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and members of the organization of Al-Mulathameen Brigade loyal to Algerian terrorist, Mokhtar BelMokhtar—have all established havens in the lawless regions of Libya outside the control of the central government.

One U.S. military contractor working on counter-terrorism in Africa summed up the situation in Libya today as simply, “Scumbag Woodstock.” The country has attracted that star-studded roster of notorious terrorists and fanatics seeking to wage war on the West.

An American counter-terrorism official used a different metaphor to describe the situation. “Libya today plays host to members and associates of several AQ-allied groups, in some ways becoming a jihadist melting pot,” this official told The Daily Beast. “These groups haven’t united under the same banner, but the ad hoc links and intermittent cooperation among them are worrisome, especially as some of these groups have made no secret of their desire to conduct attacks beyond Libya’s borders.”

The collapse of security in Libya comes as the House of Representatives forms a special committee to investigate the 9/11 anniversary attacks in Benghazi. Those strikes, according to an investigation from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, were the work of individuals with clear links to al Qaeda  (PDF). The report says that already in the summer before the Benghazi attacks the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency had produced reports on how al Qaeda affiliates were establishing havens in Libya.

Keep reading…

 

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