A shocking new e-mail shows that the Department of Defense offered Hillary Clinton’s State Department “forces that could move on Benghazi” just hours after the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
The offer could have saved the lives of Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, who weren’t killed until two hours and forty minutes after it was made.
“We have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi,” wrote then-Department of Defense Chief of Staff, Jeremy Bash. “They are spinning up as we speak.”
Via Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch today released a new Benghazi email from then-Department of Defense Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash to State Department leadership immediately offering “forces that could move to Benghazi” during the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. In an email sent to top Department of State officials, at 7:19 p.m. ET, only hours after the attack had begun, Bash says, “we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.” The Obama administration redacted the details of the military forces available, oddly citing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption that allows the withholding of “deliberative process” information.
Bash’s email seems to directly contradict testimony given by then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2013. Defending the Obama administration’s lack of military response to the nearly six-hour-long attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Panetta claimed that “time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response.”
The first assault occurred at the main compound at about 9:40 pm local time – 3:40 p.m. ET in Washington, DC. The second attack on a CIA annex 1.2 miles away began three hours later, at about 12 am local time the following morning – 6 p.m. ET.
The e-mail can be seen below:
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said “The Obama administration and Clinton officials hid this compelling Benghazi email for years.”
“The email makes readily apparent that the military was prepared to launch immediate assistance that could have made a difference, at least at the CIA Annex,” he added. “The fact that the Obama Administration withheld this email for so long only worsens the scandal of Benghazi.”
American Crossroads Communications Director, Ian Prior, said the newly revealed e-mail “makes it clear that the Obama Administration and then-Secretary Clinton had a chance to save the four Americans killed in Benghazi – and shamefully did nothing.”