Benghazi Republicans Furious As Democrats Flip Them A Giant Middle Finger

What? You didn’t think the GOP had dropped this yet, did you? Silly rabbit! They’re going to beat that dead horse forever! And there’s no bottom to the barrel of dirty tricks they’ll resort to, either. Ever since Republicans started their serious investigation pointless witch hunt over the tragedy in Benghazi, one of their favorite tactics has been to leak as much information as possible with as little context as possible. They weren’t really subtle about it, either.

Here’s how it works: They would take an innocuous statement like “Hillary wishes to personally convey her condolences to the families of the murdered Americans in Benghazi” and redact parts of it to turn it into “Hillary ♦♦♦♦♦♦ ♦♦ personally ♦♦♦♦♦♦  ♦♦♦  ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦  ♦♦  ♦♦♦  ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦  murdered Americans in Benghazi.” The “liberal” media, hungry for a scandal, breathlessly repeats the lie without a second’s worth of investigation. A day or two later, they’ll quietly get around to mentioning it was a lie or, more likely, pretend that it’s a “He said/She said” story and refuse to “take sides.”

It’s been a great set up for the Republicans (at least until Kevin McCarthy accidentally admitted it was all a scam); they get to use millions in taxpayer money to attack a political opponent. But on Wednesday, the Democrats on the Destroy Hillary Benghazi committee decided throw a giant middle finger at Republicans. After a right wing outlet altered an email obtained through a court order to make it look nefarious, the Democrats went ahead and released the unaltered version to prove how blatantly dishonest conservatives are:

The Democrats released their email a day after conservative legal group Judicial Watch released a slightly redacted version, which it had won access to under the Freedom of Information Act. At the time, conservative outlets such as Fox News said that the email was a “smoking gun” that undermined testimony from former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

But the unredacted version of the email makes clear that the forces under discussion to move to Benghazi were the same ones that previous investigations had claimed were on the move: a Marine Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams (FAST) and a special operations force out of Croatia.

In other words, the right wing media was trying to resurrect the repeatedly debunked “Hillary told the military to stand down and let Americans die” myth by — shocker, lying about it. Republicans were more than happy to sit back and let it happen until the Democrats ruined it. Repu –licans were not happy about it:

The decision to release the email “is further proof that Democrats are focused solely on playing politics and protecting Hillary Clinton,” committee spokesman Matt Wolking said, “not on conducting a serious investigation and getting the truth for the families of the four Americans who lost their lives.”

Mind you, the unredacted email proves that the redacted email was being used to propagate a lie but somehow it’s the Democrats who are playing politics. Because of course that’s how a Republican would spin it.

As they say, reality has a liberal bias.