When the State Department announced that the resignations of six senior management officials had been accepted, the mainstream media took their cue from the decidedly partisan Washington Post – and ran with it.

The Post, which endorsed Hillary Clinton in the general election, first reported the personnel moves as “resignations,” going far beyond implication to a declarative statement that the six had resigned as a protest against their new boss.

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s job running the State Department just got considerably more difficult. The entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.”

In fact, rather than the action being “the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember,” the officials’ letters of resignation were submitted at the request of the president.

After the Washington Post’s report was picked up by other news sources, the State Department released an official statement contradicting it.

“Any implication that that these four people quit is wrong. These people are loyal to the secretary, the President and to the State Department. There is just not any attempt here to dis the President. People are not quitting and running away in disgust. This is the White House cleaning house.”

The official statement forced the Washington Post to revise its opening paragraph of the story to accurately reflect the situation at State.

“When Rex Tillerson is confirmed as secretary of state, he will face an unusual leadership vacuum after several career Foreign Service officers were informed that they will not be asked to stay on.”

The disingenuous reporting may have masked a more significant issue that the liberal press does not want to investigate too closely, because of the possibility of a connection between the officials and the failures of both the State Department and the Obama administration that resulted in the September 11, 2012 terror attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

The attack occurred on the 11th anniversary of the 2001 attacks on the U.S. mainland in the final weeks of President Obama’s re-election campaign, while Hillary Clinton was still the nation’s top diplomat at State.

As the president made his case to the voters for another four years, he was depending on his claim that he was winning the battle against terrorism, the attack was seen as a potential political disaster.

In fact, internal memos released following a Congressional investigation identified the goal of the White House in assigning the blame for the attack as, “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”

Obama and Clinton largely escaped largely unscathed from the disaster that saw four Americans, including U.S. ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three others who attempted a rescue mission, murdered that night.

But today’s list of State Department officials asked to resign by the incoming Trump administration reveals a disturbing connection – they were all involved with the Department’s role in the Benghazi terror attack and the response to it.

The group of Clinton underlings at one time or another served as a spokesperson for her at Congressional hearings, stonewalling requests for her emails, as well as official State Department records on the event.

Former Secretary of State and failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is currently being sued in federal court by the mothers of two Americans who were killed in the Benghazi attack.

And while the Congressional investigation into the matter did not fix responsibility on Clinton, the six undersecretaries and assistants have not been cleared.

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