State Dept Officials Who "Resigned" & Were "Given Leave" Will Continue On Payroll


State Department official Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security "resigned" after the release of the Benghazi report is now, according to a report, just "switching desks.

Boswell was not alone. The BBC had reported,

"The Accountability Review Board identified the performance of four officials, three in the Bureau of the Diplomatic Security and one in the Bureau of Near East Asia Affairs," state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

"The secretary has accepted Eric Boswell's decision to resign... The other three individuals have been relieved of their current duties."
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US media have named one of Mr Boswell's deputies, Charlene Lamb, and Raymond Maxwell, deputy assistant secretary for the Maghreb, among those relieved of their duties.

Lamb was named in an investigation by House Republicans as being responsible for diplomatic security in the region and that she denied repeated requests for additional security in Libya.

Fox News reports,

A top Republican lawmaker chastised the State Department Wednesday following a report that a security chief said to have resigned in the wake of the Libya attack is still on the payroll, calling the response "pathetic."

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said she could not independently confirm a New York Post report claiming Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, remains at the department -- despite a State Department spokeswoman announcing Dec. 19 he was resigning his position. According to the Post, Boswell is merely "switching desks."

But the department has not denied the report. Ros-Lehtinen, who last week held a hearing on the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack, said it appears the department officials who were supposedly reprimanded "are more or less on vacation."

"If these reports are correct, they're pathetic examples of yet another ruse about the tragedy of Benghazi," she said. "State Department officials proclaimed to the world that heads would roll after the deception related to the deceitful video excuse and the non existent spontaneous protest outside the consulate. Now we see that the discipline is a lie and all that has happened is the shuffling of the deck chairs. That will in no way change what the ARB found to be systemic failures of management and leadership in the State Department."

In addition, the New York Post called the "penalties" of Benghazi "bogus."

The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.

The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back.

The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of “grossly inadequate” security.

State Department leaders “didn’t come clean about Benghazi and now they’re not coming clean about these staff changes,” a source close to the situation told The Post., adding, the “public would be outraged over this.”

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  • emjay98

    These people have no shame. It seems to be unimportant to them that we lost four exemplary individuals due to the dismal lack of help that met the pleas from Ambassador Stevens for more security. They were left in the lurch and anyone that had anything to do with this lack of support should be kicked out of their jobs and not assigned to any other government job. They are responsible for the deaths of these four individuals in Benghazi. Shame on whomever has decided they should not lose their job, but instead be reassigned to another job they can no doubt destroy as well!

  • retiredmillwright

    What this amounts to is socialists taking care of their own.
    The laws of the common people do not apply to the socialists any more since
    they have become our rulers. This is only the tip of the iceberg.
    there is much
    more lies and deceit on the way.

  • emjay98

    Where else are people not accountable for botching their job? If you are a government worker, nothing seems to stick to those who are responsible for the failures government encounters. Just keep on collecting your salary. Maybe you should be put on the unemployment rolls like those who have done their jobs well, but have been downsized because of the costly things the government mandates, not because they have done anything wrong. Yet they have to suffer through a very trying period, but hey, if you are government you get all the perks and advantages that your unions can advocate.

  • John Cherish

    These people who are taking the blame for Obama and Hillary do not deserve to be loosing their jobs, that is why they are being rewarded with a slap on the wrist. These people have bosses and in the State Department that is Hillary (no show) Clinton who conveniently had the flu, hit her head and then had a concussion and was not able to testify. Any excuse to not testify and tell the truth. This is a white wash the American people with half a brain know this Is it any wonder Americans are fed up with congress. Then there is the second matter of Obama he probably was too tired from playing golf to care about what was happening in Libya and went to bed not knowing if the ambassador was alive or not. But he also knew that he and Hillary sent the ambassador to Libya to run guns for him to the Syrian Rebels with the help of Turkey. I would bet Iranian and Russians agents were involved to take out the ambassador as a message to Obama that they knew what he was up to in Syria. That is why the coverup it would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that our president was involved in the death of our Ambassador as well as Hillary Clinton's involvement. And Patreaus as head of the CIA also involved and resigned for a convenient "Extra marital affair" as grounds to get him out of that mess. He also will still remain in government at a different desk.

  • SniperToo

    Unfortunatley, no surprise here. What else is new? I live in the bathroom every day since 2008, because I gag very time I have to see him or hear him. All the politicians have allowed little o (Muslim usurper) to destroy this country, our Constitution and has put our military in a destructive down spiral. He is on TV/radio every day (he is in love with himself). I can't stomach him, his family, blacks, Muslims, illegal immigrants, etc., anyone or group that celebrates the destruction of this country from the left. I served my country but not to see its demise.

  • aryton senna

    NUKE DC!

  • Stan

    Do you really expect this administration to do the right thing? Do you expect them to tell the truth? If you do heres your sign!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ECIBK6H7BTSTPJXBPFPUU2M2DI Jobs for Americans

    obama cover up

  • jvb1980808

    Cover up. Where are the snoopy reporters from years past saluted for taking down an entire administration because of a break in at a stupid hotel? Where are the snoopy reporters assigned to busting a Senator for standing at a urinal with his legs too far apart? If this was on a Republican's watch we'd have a full on impeachment hearing going on by now.

  • cottagemist

    These individuals should be arrested, and charged for assistance in murder,not given new desk jock jobs to screw up again..their incompetence led to the murders of four Americans. It should be a act of treason..it happened on American consulate soil...Hanging,or firing squad is too good for them, and any others involved.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dean.braun.35 Dean Braun

    The whole Benghazi fiasco is a scam and the REAL people responsible are also still getiing paid. They are Obama, H. Clinton and Panetta. They are guilty of treason and are the scum of the earth. IMPEACH ALL THREE.

    • cottagemist

      I agree..get it done!!

  • popham

    We have been lied to and hoodwinked again. No one anywhere has taken the fall
    OR any degree of responsibility for what occurred in Benghazi on 9/11/12.
    It is also another slap in the face to all Americans and a blatant insult
    to their intelligence.
    This goes beyond the pale as the cover-up of Benghazi becomes more sordid
    and complicated. We must never, ever forget Benghazi.

  • http://twitter.com/VnZppr Eric Haulenbeek

    Only the Clinton Dept. Of State gets away with this kind of crap while Holder the butt-boy gives it the all-clear! Welcome to Obama World!

  • Momcat49

    Where are Woodward & Bernstein when we need them? Oh, right---it's a Dem administration not a Republican one, so no one's willing to investigate as lie piles upon lie over the deaths of 4 Americans AND 14 Libyans (somehow, nobody ever mentions the Libyans, as if their lives weren't worth as much as American lives!). No one has yet been held accountable & no one will be. Hillary Clinton is being carefully insulated from all this in preparation for 2016---if Obama (with nothing to run on) can be elected & reelected, obviously she is a viable candidate, after all!
    The electorate has lost it's mind & unless the 'anti-Democrats' (Republicans + independents + Libertarians) can't see past their differences & unite to present a great candidate, we may end up with EIGHT more years of "Obamaville", if, indeed, there is anything left to govern!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521004746 Steph Weissinger

    Of course he is. That's the same throttling the people who threw themselves under the bus in the Gun Running case got. A new job... we should all be so lucky. You klnow when Obama is guilty. Some patsy takes the imaginary blame and then gets a new job.

  • MontanaMEL

    Rest assured: WE ARE OUTRAGED...
    The real quesiton is: What should we do about this, this time?
    AND, all the other lies we have been told for the past 4 year?
    Maybe the 1st of Jan will open an entirely can of worms, eh?

  • al pambuena

    obama and hillary should have been the first to resign.

  • Reduce Govt. and Stop Spending

    The entire State Department should be reduced in size regarding the number of civil servants who do very little. It is as usual when people in our federal govt. do something bad -- they get away with it -- and as the article says merely switch desks -- so the resignations of the State Dept. employees were a farce. Members of Congress should insure Mrs. Clinton testifies and that the deaths of four Americans are not in vain due to political cover ups.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.jason.77 Rick Jason

    Half of the nation could care less about justice being served and having these cretins removed from ofc. The other half are too stupid to realize that this rogue administration is laughing their butts off at the ignorance of all of them. Our people truly have become self serving idiots! We deserve what is about to overwhelm us. History will tell the story of a once great nation that drug itself down to the depths of human depravity. And you all think that Sodom and Gomorrah were about as degenerate as it can possibly get?........

  • Raymond

    I've said for years that muslims are taking
    over the world & many said that I was wrong.
    I am right & here's my proof...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3X5hIFXYU

    • popham

      Fear not....you are right.

    • CJMcRat

      Fear more he is right! Fear not for us but for our children's children.