This is hardly news. After a months-long, sometimes bruising, tussle with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Hillary Clinton, also known as First Lady Hillary Clinton, also known as New York Senator Hillary Clinton, also known as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has gained sufficient pledged delegates to cinch the nomination for president in the Democratic Party. Unfortunately for Mrs. Clinton, the battle is not over. A number of scandals will dog her candidacy, not the least of which is the debacle that resulted in the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, four years ago. The charges are grave. One of those leading the movement to force Secretary Clinton to answer for her malfeasance is Wayne Simmons, who spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency and served as an intelligence advisor in Afghanistan and in the U.S. Army. Here he is appearing as a regular commentator on Fox News.
Until Mr. Simmons revealed disgusting details of Mrs. Clinton’s actions I was prepared to vote for her. The details he disclosed are shocking:
Appearing On Fox News, Simmons Said The White House Decided “To Not Rescue Our Former CIA Operatives And Our Military” In Benghazi. During a November 2012 appearance on Your World with Neil Cavuto, Simmons criticized the Obama administration over the Benghazi attacks. He wondered why the White House “made the decisions to not rescue our former CIA operatives and our military.”
“To not rescue our former CIA operatives and our military.” This kind of thing reveals the entire Obama administration, including the former Secretary, is rotten to the core.
According to this piece from the Media Matters site, Simmons summarized:
He also suggested only a Mitt Romney win — which he said he was hoping for — would allow the country to find out what happened in Benghazi.
Unfortunately, Governor Romney was unable to secure the presidency four years ago, leaving us without the means to get to the bottom of the horrible circumstances surrounding the Benghazi attacks. Unfortunately for Wayne Simmons, when the matter finally is resolved he will be reading about these findings at a facility supported by your tax dollars:
Wayne Simmons, who presented himself as a national security expert and was a part of the conservative media push for a congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack, has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.
In an April 29 press release the Department of Justice noted that Simmons “falsely claimed he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency” and had pleaded guilty “to major fraud against the government, wire fraud, and a firearms offense.”
The release further noted, “Simmons admitted he defrauded the government in 2008 when he obtained work as a team leader in the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain Systems program, and again in 2010 when he was deployed to Afghanistan as a senior intelligence advisor on the International Security Assistance Force’s Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team.”
Dana J. Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said, “Simmons admitted he attempted to con his way into a position where he would have been called on to give real intelligence advice in a war zone. His fraud cost the government money, could have put American lives at risk, and was an insult to the real men and women of the intelligence community who provide tireless service to this country.”
All right! The United States government gets grouchy when you perpetrate fraud against them. And that’s too bad, because Mr. Simmons had a good thing going for a while:
Conservative Activists Joined With Simmons To Demand A Benghazi Select Committee. A March 5, 2014, letter signed by Simmons and other conservative activists urged House Speaker John Boehner to “create a House Select Investigative Committee on Benghazi — fully resourced with staff and subpoena powers — to conduct a thorough, coordinated investigation.” Boehner announced plans to form a select committee on May 2, 2014, and the House approved it on May 8, 2014. Activists who signed on to the letter with Simmons included Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, Fox News contributor Thomas McInerney, Fox News contributor Allen West, Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney, Veterans for a Strong America president Joel Arends, Secure America New president Allen Roth, Ginni Thomas, and Freedom Center president David Horowitz. [JudicialWatch.org, 3/5/14; Speaker.gov, 5/2/14; Washington Post, 5/8/14]
Fox News Promoted Simmons’ Call For A Benghazi Select Committee. Fox News hosted Simmons to promote his call for a committee. From the segment:
The segment referenced in the above is posted, in part:
UMA PEMMARAJU: Former CIA operative and author Wayne Simmons is one of those who signed that letter to the speaker of the House and he’s joining us this now. Tell us more about why all of you have come together to sign this letter and do you think it’s going to put more pressure to get the answers that you guys are looking for?
SIMMONS: The answer is we hope so. We hope that the pressure that we can continue to put on from the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi and along with Judicial Watch by delivering this very, very strong letter to Speaker Boehner, helps motivate him to begin this House Select Committee on Investigations.
The depth of Mr. Simmons’ expertise is more deeply explored in additional news items:
“Wayne Simmons is a convicted felon with no military or intelligence experience,” Dana J. Boente, a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement. He had previously been convicted of federal firearms charges, court documents state.
Simmons also pleaded guilty to defrauding an individual out of $125,000 through a wire charge related to a bogus real estate investment. In addition, he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of two firearms, which the Justice Department said “he was prohibited from possessing on account of his prior felony convictions.”
Fortunately, before his past caught up with him, Mr. Simmons was able to alert us to the culpability of Hillary Clinton. And to think, I was planning on voting for her.