The White House’s Imminent Benghazi Coup de Grace

As I was watching the Eric Holder hearing and news came out that the White House had released 94 pages of Benghazi emails, I thought at first it was a strategy of whack-a-scandal. The Benghazi scandal is not one; the AP and IRS stories are genuinely damning (though not of the White House per se).

But I predict — and this is just a wildarseguess — that the White House is about to deliver the coup de grace to the Benghazi scandal.

Eric Holder was asked several times (always by Republicans, of course) whether the FBI had let the trail run cold in the Benghazi attack. In response to Jason Chaffetz (one of the chief Bengazhi truthers), Holder suggested that DOJ would imminently announce major progress on the investigation. There were a few more questions, and then Ron DeSantis, who is a very smart but very crazy former JAG who worked with the SEALs asked again.

And Holder — perhaps getting a bit cocky and/or impatient answering one of the last questioners in an interminable hearing — suggested again (this is from memory; I was just getting off the phone) there would be an imminent announcement showing significant progress. DeSantis, who missed that hint but at least knows the boundary between military and civilian law, asked whether it would be military progress or DOJ. Holder announced that something involving their portfolio would show progress.

Again, I’m guessing, but I would bet a fair amount of money one of the main conspirators in the Benghazi attack is sitting somewhere being interrogated by FBI’s High Value Interrogation Group as we speak.

So the way this will roll out is there will be about 2 days of manic scrutiny of the emails, and then just as people begin to get into the nitty gritty that might go further than refuting what the GOP has already leaked, the White House will announce the arrest of the guy that, Holder knows, is already in custody.

Just a prediction, but …

8 replies
  1. William Ockham says:

    I would totally be in awe of you if they went after your phone records. FWIW, I think it is a good guess. Holder is not the type to go out on a limb and what other sort of major progress could they announce.

  2. scribe says:

    In other words, they got one of Petraseus’ trainees to come in when they told him his paycheck was waiting, and they’re beating the snot out of him just now to trot out as a scapegoat.

  3. emptywheel says:

    @William Ockham: Most especially, when DeSantis asked whether it was military or DOJ, you could see Holder thinking, “both,” which led me to believe the suspect has been floating on a boat like Warsame was.

  4. orionATL says:

    so who gov gon roll out?

    i thought the score was:

    -b’ghazi plot leader captured in egypt

    – b’ghazi plot leader killed in libya

    – b’ghazi plot leader killed in turkey while headed for syria

    how many more b’ghazi islamist-who-don’t- cotton- to-us-policy “leaders” can our vaunted security forces reveal to us?

    is this the egyptian captive?

    given the fbi’s “soft interrogation” treatment?

    that would be interesting – and make cheney even more nervous than he already is.

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