DID THE ARB WHITEWASH BENGHAZI?
Congressional Report Claims Officials Were Scapegoated
By Harold Hutchison
The Accountability Review Board assigned to look into the 11 September, 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya scapegoated mid-level managers while ignoring the culpability of senior officials, according to the House Oversight Committee. Representative Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House committee, which is looking into the Obama Administration’s handling of the attack, released a 98-page report today.
“The independence of the ARB is tainted by actual and perceived conflicts of interest. Witnesses testified that Senior State Department officials who were involved in discussions about Benghazi security were responsible for the process of selecting Board members and staff. The ARB staff consisted of State Department employees who subsequently returned to their posts. Witnesses also testified that in many instances, Board members and staff had prior connections to the officials they evaluated,” a statement from the House Oversight Committee said.
“Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy supervised the selection of the Benghazi ARB staff. This placed the staff in a position in which their duties required them to evaluate the performance of supervisors, colleagues, and friends,” the report stated.
Issa’s committee is investigating several scandals surrounding the Obama Administration, including Operation Fast & Furious, IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, and the Benghazi attack.