Republicans threaten State Dept. funding until Clinton, Benghazi docs are provided

House Republicans are threatening to withhold a large chunk of State Department funding until officials speed up their responses to document requests, including House demands for documents pertaining to the Benghazi investigation and a probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

The House Appropriations Committee’s proposed 2016 spending bill for the State Department and foreign operations withholds 15 percent of the department’s “operational funds until requirements related to proper management of Freedom of Information Act and electronic communications are met,” according to a panel release.

The threat means House Republicans are using their most obvious weapon to hold State’s feet to the fire: the power of the purse.

The provision is part of a nearly $48 billion spending bill funding the department and the War on Terror, about $1.4 billion below this year’s number and $6.1 billion below President Barack Obama’s request. The legislation is also packed with other policy riders, including several aimed at blocking Obama’s attempt to normalize relations with Cuba and others to ensure the administration can’t facilitate a prisoner swap like the so-called Taliban Five again without Congress knowing.

The House Committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attacks has been requesting documents from State and has loudly complained about the agency’s slow pace in responding to subpoena requests.

The agency contends that it’s processing Chairman Trey Gowdy’s multiple requests and is turning over the emails as quickly as possible. The South Carolina Republican has also asked the State Department for documents relating to Clinton’s email use when she served as secretary of state. Instead of using an official email account, Clinton maintained a personal email address and stored those emails on a personal server in her New York home.



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Tired of the threats...just do it!

I love this.  High time they use that purse power.

IT'S ABOUT TIME THESE RHINOS GET OFF THERE ASSES AND DO WHAT THEY WERE ELECTED TO DO.

AMEN, LINDA!

Good plan. Then when they get them (big if) shut it down anyway. Kick all those idiots to the curb - its a totally useless dept.

threats aren't doing anything to stop this runaway train; just do it.  it isn't politics anymore - it's do what is right no matter what the outcome; there is truth that will make things right again - without - little hope of ever going forward except into a full blown catastrophe.

(and that's not just re Benghazi - that's the rest of this mess too.)

The federal government should offer a reward to the public for those emails, there are a lot of Gucifers out there. I would not of given the state department even that much..The federal government and their agencies put obligations on states when they offer money to them so what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

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Pay-Back !!! Pedophile Who Assaulted Nearly 200 Kids Stabbed To Death In Prison

A convicted pedophile who abused almost 200 children was stabbed to death in North Yorkshire, England, on Sunday.

Richard Huckle, 33, from Ashford, Kent, was given 22 life sentences in 2016 after he admitted to sexually abusing 71 kids whose ages ranged from six months to 12 years between 2006 and 2014, according to the BBC.

The report said Huckle was attacked with a makeshift knife while inside his cell at the Full Sutton Prison.

At the pedophile’s trial in 2016, investigators said they found over 20,000 indecent photos and videos of his assaults, which were shared with other pedophiles via a site on the dark web called The Love Zone.

Reports said that prior to his arrest, Huckle posed as an English teacher and Christian volunteer worker in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he groomed impoverished children.

In one of his online posts, Huckle reportedly wrote “Impoverished kids are definitely much easier to seduce than middle-class Western kids.”

Reports said he attempted to make money from his crimes by crowdfunding the release of the photos.

“Huckle also created a 60-page ‘how-to’ guide for other pedophiles seeking to evade being caught, and kept a scorecard and points system regarding the children who were abused — leading investigators to speculate he may have as many as 200 victims,” a Fox News report stated.

At his sentencing in 2016, Judge Peter Rook condemned Huckle for his heinous crimes he said had become routine for the pedophile.

Rook commented:

Your offending behavior became entrenched in your everyday life. Your life revolved around your sexual activities with young children. Your distorted beliefs in respect of children are deep-seated. Your self-delusion knows no bounds. It is also clear that, had you not been arrested, you planned to continue the same lifestyle using the expertise that you were keen to show off to and share with other abusers so as to continue your sexual exploitation of the children of such communities.

Reports said prior to his death, Huckle refused to cooperate with authorities when they tried to unlock a cache of encrypted files he had access to that may contain the names of victims and other pedophiles, according to Fox News.

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