Richard Ben-Veniste

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(lawyer, deep state functionary)
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Born 1943-01-03
Alma mater Stuyvesant High School, Muhlenberg College, Columbia Law School, Northwestern University School of Law
Member of 9-11/Commission
Party Democratic Party
A lawyer who has taken various legal roles for the US deep state, including securing the Watergate coup.

Richard Ben-Veniste is a US lawyer with numerous connections to the US deep state.

Official narrative

The Wikipedia lede in Summer 2015 stated that "he is known for his pointed questions and criticisms of members of both the Clinton[citation needed] and George W. Bush administrations."[1] This seems difficult to reconcile with his role as an active legal defender of various cabal schemes.

Background

He graduated in 1960.[2]

Watergate coup

Full article: Watergate coup

As chief of the Watergate Task Force of the Watergate Special Prosecutor's Office, (1973–1975), Ben-Veniste "played a crucial role in the successful fight to secure the secret Richard Nixon White House tapes."[3]

1980s

Ben-Veniste represented both Barry Seal and Bill Clinton in the early 1980s.[3]

1990s

Ben-Veniste was the Democrat's chief counsel in 1995–1996 on the Senate Whitewater Committee, defending both Bill and Hillary Clinton, when he successfully argued that they had done nothing illegal.

2000s

Ben-Veniste was a presidential appointee (2000) to the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group, which ultimately declassified some 8 million documents relating to war crimes in the World War II and post-war era.

9-11/Commission

Ben-Veniste was a member (2002) of the 9-11/Commission. He was asked why, if Mohammad Atta belonged to the fundamentalist Muslim group, he snorted cocaine and frequented strip bars? Ben-Veniste's reply, as he smiled a little, was to make no comment, simply acknowledging "You know, that's a heck of a question."[4]

Questioning of Michael Canavan

As a 9-11 commissioner, Ben-Veniste asked General Michael Canavan "What is your understanding of the first time FAA notified NORAD of the fact that this was a possible hijack or that it had deviated from course, or that there was some anomaly about Flight 77 in the context of everything else that was going on that day?"

Michael Canavan: "Here’s my answer — and it’s not to duck the question. Number one, I was visiting the airport in San Juan that day when this happened. That was a CADEX airport, and I was down there also to remove someone down there that was in a key position. So when 9/11 happened, that’s where I was. I was able to get back to Washington that evening on a special flight from the Army back from San Juan, back to Washington. So everything that transpired that day in terms of times, I have to—and I have no information on that now, because when I got back we weren’t—that wasn’t the issue at the time. We were— when I got back it was, What are we going to do over the next 48 hours to strengthen what just happened?"

Ben-Veniste then dropped the question, so that as of October 2015, there is no official narrative about who was actually serving in the critical role of hijack coordinator on 9/11.[5]



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