Clinton apologists whine about cost of getting to the bottom of Benghazi mess, but it turns out we’ve spent as much for two months worth of Obama golf and fundraising junkets!
We hear a lot from defenders of Hillary Clinton’s breathtaking Benghazi botch, which include denying repeated pleas for more security prior to the murders, her ridiculous lies about a YouTube video being the cause, delivered not only while standing in front of the coffins of the fallen, but to their families, and her jaw-dropping screech “At this point what difference does it make?,” about the cost of the many investigations. As we discussed on last week’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show, Hillary’s repeated assertions that several investigations found no wrongdoing, are not completely accurate. At least one of those investigations concluded that the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three other brave Americans were “preventible.” Getting back to the costs, though, it turns out that taxpayers have spent just about the same amount trying to find out what happened as we have on the One’s many golf and fundraising junkets. From the Daily Caller:
The watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained records which show that trips Obama made earlier this year to Chicago, Los Angeles and other parts of California cost taxpayers $4,436,245.50 in transportation expenses alone.
That’s nearly the amount of money that the Benghazi Committee has spent, mostly on staffers’ salaries, during its investigation. That spending, $4.5 million worth, has been one source of complaint from the usually spend-happy Democrats who believe that the committee’s investigation is a politically-motivated hit job on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state during the Benghazi attack.
The Washington Examiner reports on details from the Judicial Watch report:
Using the Air Force’s official cost estimate of $206,337 per hour, the newly released records obtained by Judicial Watch show:
— Obama’s February 14, 2015, golf outing to Palm Springs required a five-hour flight, costing taxpayers a total of $1,031,685.
— Transportation for Obama’s February 19 day trip to Chicago cost taxpayers $619,011.00.
— Transportation for Obama’s March 2015 fundraising trip to Los Angeles cost taxpayers $1,980,835.20.
— Obama’s March 28, 2015, golf outing to Palm City required a 3.9-hour flight, costing taxpayers $804,870.30
A couple of things to keep in mind: these costs do not include the cost of additional security because the Secret Service has refused to respond to Judicial Watch’s requests for information about those costs on these trips. In addition, as far as the cost of investigating Benghazi, would the costs have been less but for the stonewalling by Hillary Clinton and her coven of devoted apologists (Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, et. al?) Yes, that’s a rhetorical question.
The American people are owed an explantation about what really happened in Benghazi, and who decided, 6 weeks before the 2012 election, to create a politically-motivated coverup. Who concocted the story about the YouTube video? Why did Hillary ignore the ambassador’s desperate pleas for help? And where was Barack Obama when 4 Americans were being murdered?