Benghazigate bus bump? CIA deputy director resigns; WH lawyer will replace

It seems to be getting awful crowded under that bus …

Just last month, Obama officials blamed White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler for their inability to release a comprehensive Benghazi timeline. Today comes the news that CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell has resigned (effective August 9) — to spend more time with his family, natch.

Via The Hill:

“I am passionate about two things in this world—the Agency and my family. And while I have given everything I have to the Central Intelligence Agency and its vital mission for a third of a century, it is now time for me to give everything I have to my family,” Morrell said in a statement.

Resignations happen. We get that. But when it comes to this administration, it’s difficult not to raise an eyebrow when an official connected to one of the White House’s many scandals hands in his walking papers. Morell, you see, was the guy who, according to the Obama administration, requested that the Benghazi talking points be changed:

Timing is everything, huh?

This doesn’t exactly pass the smell test.

Red flags abound. But fear not! Morell isn’t going off the grid completely:

Well, as a matter of fact, yes. President Obama will reportedly appoint Morell to his Intelligence Advisory Board. Makes sense, right? Much easier to keep a close eye on him there.

Oh, and his replacement? White House lawyer Avril D. Haines. The president likes to keep things cozy.

Odd, yes. Surprising? No.

Good point. As is this one:

Just great.

Ugh. In any event, one thing’s for certain:

The weight of all that guilt is going to stop that bus cold someday.

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