The ARB found that an anti-Islamic video was not the main cause behind the attack on the diplomatic mission in the Libyan city, a major focus of Republican election season attacks on President Obama. On CNN on Wednesday, Chaffetz crowingly quoted the report to affirm his view that the administration was hiding something in the response to the tragedy. “Why was the American public and the world mislead for so long about a video that the [ARB] said had nothing to do with the attack itself?” he asked.
But when host Soledad O’Brien pointed out that the same report also absolved all government officials of any wrong-doing, Chaffetz suddenly discovered that he wasn’t so happy with its conclusions:
O’BRIEN: The Accountability Review Board also said this. “The board did not find that any individual U.S. government employee engaged in misconduct or willfully ignored his or her responsibilities, did not find reasonable cause to believe that an individual breached his or her duty so as to be the subject of a recommendation for a disciplinary action.” So they weighed in and said, listen, nothing was done willfully and nobody should really be disciplined.
CHAFFETZ: I thought it was interesting that the Accountability Review Board — an internal review — didn’t even interview Secretary Clinton. Why is it that the person in charge wasn’t even asked a question by this Board? And the other thing that’s deeply concerning about this review is that they took sixty days. They went in there and they found more than two dozen systemic failures. They had sixty recommendations — what in the world is going on at the State Department?
But just seconds later, Chaffetz became a supporter of the report again. “We have four dead people, and in sixty days they could figure out what Secretary Clinton and the administration couldn’t in four years,” he said. Watch the clip:
Chaffetz, one of the top Republicans on the House Government Oversight Committee, has been leading the Benghazi charge in the House for months now. His track record has not been phenomenal given his willingness to come at his pursuit from any angle so long as it results in attacking the Obama administration. At hearings on Benghazi in November, Chaffetz accidentally revealed classified information while attempting to shame administration officials for presenting cleared information. He also once proudly declared that he had voted to cut funding to State Department security functions before attacking the administration on prioritizing resources.