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‘Teaching how to lie’: Taxpayer money to help State Dept. on the hot seat in Congress

Telling the truth is hard — at least for the State Department.

After a series of disastrous congressional appearances over the Benghazi scandal, the agency has approved a contract to train employees on how to testify and brief members of Congress, according to the Washington Times.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s testimony about the agency’s bungled response to the Benghazi terror attack is perhaps the most memorable example of the State Department’s failure in the hot seat.

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Now, the agency has agreed to pay $545,000 for an Orlando, Fla., firm to teach employees such skills as “communicating with Congress” in one-on-one sessions and mock hearings.

The painful Benghazi hearings weren’t the only times the department had problems communicating with Congress, the Times pointed out.

There was former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, who told a congressional committee, “I’m no real expert on China,” after Obama nominated him as ambassador to the Asian country. Or maybe you recall Noah Bryson Mamet, who admitted that despite traveling “pretty extensively around the world,” he had never been to Argentina, even after he was named ambassador to the country.

But Benghazi, particularly Clinton’s infamous “what difference does it make” testimony,  remains the poster child of botched State Department appearances before Congress.

Now that a certain prosecutor-turned-politician is leading the House special committee investigating the Benghazi attack, “How to Survive a Trey Gowdy Grilling” may be the most appropriate course the Orlando firm can offer State Department employees.

Then again, maybe the Internal Revenue Service has already taken up all the available seats in that class.

After the story broke, @FoxNews posted a tweet that generated numerous common-sense comments, including these:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Noel

A self-described "political enthusiast," Don Noel is a veteran of the local political scene with keen insights to share about the world of politics, government and nonprofits.
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