Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Covering Hillary’s *ss Proving Expensive for Her State Department

The State Department continues to drag its bureaucratic feet releasing documents on the reign of Hillary as secretary in general, and on what happened in Benghazi in particular. Whatever benefits the responsible people at State hope to achieve may soon be out-weighed by the impact their (non) actions will have on the organization’s budget.

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday said it may cut the State Department’s budget to protest its slow response in producing documents related to the investigation of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. The Committee said a new budget plan for State withholds nearly $700 million — or 15 percent of the agency’s operational funds — until “requirements related to proper management of Freedom of Information Act and electronic communications are met.”

A spokesperson for the Appropriations panel said the budget plan withholds funds until State implements a plan to reduce a backlog of documents requests.

The chair of the Benghazi panel, Trey Gowdy, said in a statement that the committee has tried a variety of ways to get the State Department to produce needed documents, from talking to officials, writing letters, sending subpoenas, conducting hearings and signaling threats to the department’s budget.

“The committee has been patient, but that patience has worn thin after months — and in some instances years — of non-compliance with congressional requests and subpoenas,” Gowdy said. “The explanations and excuses are tired and unpersuasive. Regrettably it sometimes takes money to get agencies’ attention.”

State Department spokesperson Alec Gerlach called the proposal “counterproductive” and said it would further constrain resources needed to meet sharp increases in requests for documents in recent years.

In other words, somehow the across-the-board budget cuts would slow down State even more, and State would of course not direct additional resources (say by cutting some funding to the spokesperson’s office?) to actually solving the problem.

In a related story, a federal judge last week ordered the State Department to release monthly batches of Clinton’s email correspondence from her time as the nation’s top diplomat starting June 30.