|Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes
A new court ordered discovery plan submitted by Conservative Watchdog group Judicial Watch is requesting for the sworn testimony of several top Obama Officials Susan Rice (former United States National Security Adviser), Ben Rhodes (Obama’s speech writer and national security staffer who helped drive the Iran deal), Jacob Sullivan, and FBI official E.W. Priestap.
“The plan for discovery is the latest development in Judicial Watch’s July 2014 FOIA lawsuit filed after the U.S. Department of State failed to respond to a May 13, 2014 FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01242)). Judicial Watch seeks:
*Copies of any updates and/or talking points given to Ambassador Rice by the White House or any federal agency concerning, regarding, or related to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
*Any and all records or communications concerning, regarding, or relating to talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack given to Ambassador Rice by the White House or any federal agency.
The Judicial Watch discovery plan is response to a December 6, 2018, ruling by Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordering the State Department and Department of Justice to join Judicial Watch in submitting discovery in three distinct areas:
*Whether Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server was intended to stymie FOIA; B. Whether the State Department’s intent to settle the case in late 2014 and early 2015 amounted to bad faith; C. Whether the State Department has adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s request.
In his ruling, Lamberth called Clinton’s use of the private email server “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.
Judicial Watch seeks the depositions of former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and former White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes about the creation and dissemination of the infamous Benghazi talking points because: ‘No one other than these individuals know better who they were communicating with and where records might be located.’”