Emails released by the White House contradict some of the quotes from versions of the same emails Republicans in Congress leaked to the media. The White House recently released the emails in response to allegations of a coverup by Obama Administration officials relating to the administration’s knowledge of Al-Qaeda’s involvement in the attacks on the Libyan diplomatic post.
The Benghazi attack is a political controversy. Republicans claim the administration watered down the facts in talking points given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for television appearances while Obama was running for re-election. Republicans on Capitol Hill claimed they found proof in White House emails that they leaked to reporters last week. It turns out some of the quotes were wrong.
Some of the quotes are quite different.
Republicans also provided what they said was a quote from an email written by State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland.
The Republican version quotes Nuland discussing, “The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda’s presence and activities of al-Qaeda.”
The actual email from Nuland says: “The penultimate point could be abused by members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings.”
While the quote is different, the underlying point remains that the Obama Administration was concerned about Congress’ reaction to there having been earlier warnings of an attack and were looking at ways to mitigate the fallout.
I am not sure why that is scandalous, or why this scandal hasn’t burned out. The central point of the GOP critique has been made and mostly accepted – that the Obama Administration played down the Benghazi 9/11 attack’s Al-Qaeda links to protect their re-election effort. Of course they did. This point seemed well made months ago as U.N Ambassador Susan Rice, who helped distract the public with the youtube story, was prevented from being Secretary of State. Game, set, match?
No, this keeps going on even when actual scandals like the IRS targeting, AP spying, and sexual assault in the military rage on. Why? Because the main target of the GOP for the Benghazi incident switched once President Obama was re-elected – from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton. Now the GOP thinks they have gotten a hold of 2016 frontrunner Clinton and they won’t let go, no matter how pointless the continued attacks become.