Smoking Gun

OMG. Read this stunning report from The Hill, which should shake Washington to its foundations:

President Obama’s pick to head the CIA was involved in crafting controversial talking points about last year’s attack in Benghazi, Republicans said Tuesday after viewing intelligence documents.

Lawmakers had vowed to block John Brennan’s nomination unless they got to see internal communications about how to describe the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Several said the email chain of several pages, which they’d been seeking for months, doesn’t change how they plan to vote either way.

“Brennan was involved,” Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said after the briefing. “It’s pretty obvious what happened.”

So now we have proof that Brennan was “involved”–probably too mild a word for complicity in this unparalleled crime: maybe “embroiled,” or just plain “guilty”–in the Great Benghazi Coverup, which is sort of like Teapot Dome, Watergate, and the Reichstag Fire all rolled up into one.

A prediction comes to mind immediately: this “information” about Benghazi! will lead to Republican demands for more information. That’s the thing about a witch hunt; the monstrous truth that never seems to appear is viewed as barely eluding its pursuers time and time again. Now that they are getting a whiff of brimstone, there will be no stopping them, until the next Great Conspiracy comes out of the fevered imaginations of the folk at Breitbart or the John Birch Society.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.