Hillary Clinton and the Democrats on the Benghazi committee spoke continually about a report by the Accountability Review Board, or ARB. To hear them tell it, the two men leading the ARB were God’s right- and left-hand men. It’s not as simple as all that. The only thing more questionable than the way they ran their investigation is the men themselves.
The lead investigator is Thomas Pickering, a man Democrats described as a distinguished diplomat. I have a few other descriptions for this man. You see, Thomas Pickering, like the man who appointed him, is a longtime apologist for Muslim terrorists. He has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood splinter group CAIR. He also worked for Iran. Former CIA officer Clare M. Lopez wrote a report entitled, “Rise of the Iran Lobby.” That rise was attributed to Thomas R. Pickering:
“Ambassador Pickering’s positions on Iran include calls for bilateral talks without preconditions and a plan for a multinational uranium enrichment consortium in Iran.”
Thomas Pickering was also co-chairman of the George Soros organization International Crisis Group (ICG), which has close ties to the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), an Iran front group.
The second half of this team was Admiral Michael Mullen, who up until the Benghazi ARB had a good record, but in 2013, he admitted that he allowed Hillary’s former chief of staff to see the report and gave her the heads up that former State Department employee Charlene Lamb had testified and that her testimony would be harmful to the State Department.
The ARB did not question Hillary, the whistleblowers or the CIA employees. They absolved Patrick Kennedy, who received hundreds of requests for more security. At the end of their report, they recommended that four employees of the State Department be fired. Problem is, not one of them had anything to do with embassy security. They filed a civil suit and were all rehired.
After helping absolve Clinton and all State Department employees, Mullen was appointed to the boards of General Motors and Sprint, two companies with close ties to Obama.
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