Newly released emails from Citizens United suggest that Hillary's team attempted to rig the first Congressional hearing on Benghazi by feeding questions they wanted to answer to Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, who at the time was acting chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Per Fox News, Philippe Reines, founding member of the Clinton-aligned consulting group Beacon Global Strategies, wrote the following to Chelsea Clinton (aka "Diane Reynolds", aka "Energy") on the morning of the Benghazi hearings:
"We wired it that Menendez would provide an opportunity to address two topics we needed to debunk (her actions/whereabouts on 9/11, and these email from Chris Stevens about moving locations)."
And wouldn't you know it, the first two questions that Menendez asked Hillary at the January 23, 2013 hearing were the exact same questions that Reines suggested were planted with the Senator's office in his email above.
"Can you give us your insights on the decision-making process regarding the location of the Mission. And, as part of that, can you also in your response, you touched upon it in your opening statement, but what actions were you and your staff taking the night of September 11 and into September 12?"
The full Menendez Q&A session can be viewed below.
In 2013, the New Jersey senator was about to become chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, replacing John Kerry who was in line to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Of course, since then Menendez was indicted on bribery charges in March 2015 in what prosecutors said was a scheme to trade political favors for luxury vacations, golf outings, campaign donations and expensive flights. Per the New York Times, the indictment, the first federal bribery charges against a sitting senator in a generation, puts Menendez’s political future in jeopardy as he faces a possible sentence of 15 years in prison for each of the eight bribery counts.
Philippe Reines is a founding member of the Clinton-aligned consulting group Beacon Global Strategies. One of Beacon's senior counselors is former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell, who was responsible for heavily edited the controversial Benghazi talking points, which helped establish the administration’s initial flawed narrative about the attack.
How many plumes of smoke must be pointed out before an official fire is declared?