Skip to comments.WH: Obama Called Hillary at 10PM on Night of Benghazi Attack–About Same Time Clinton | CNS News
Posted on 02/25/2013 10:05:54 AM PST by marktwain
(CNSNews.com) President Barack Obama called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at about 10 p.m. on the night of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CNSNews.com.
That was more than six hours after the attacks started, more than an hour before Tryone Woods and Glen Doherty were killedand about the time that Clinton first released a statement linking the attacks to inflammatory material posted on the Internet, a reference to an anti-Muslim video on YouTube.
Like every president before him, he has a national security adviser and deputy national security adviser, Carney told CNSNews.com on Tuesday. He was in regular communication with his national security team directly, through them, and spoke with the secretary of state at approximately 10 p.m. He called her to get an update on the situation.
Carney was responding to questions from CNSNews.com about who Obama communicated with on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012. Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the Senate Armed Services Committee they first notified the president of the attack during a Sept. 11, 2012 meeting that began at 5 p.m. and ran for about 30 minutes. They also told the committee they did not talk to Obama or anyone else at the White House after that meeting.
U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, State Department Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who worked for CIA, were killed in the Benghazi attacks.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey. (AP)
That night, while the attacks were still unfolding, and before Woods and Doherty were killed, Secretary of State Clinton released a statemententitled Statement on the Attack in Bengazi linking the attacks to an anti-Muslim video that had been posted on YouTube. Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet, Clinton said. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.
Over the course of a weekfrom Jan. 8 to Jan. 15CNSNews.com tried to get the State Department to simply say when exactly on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the department issued this statement. The State Department would not respond. CNSNews.com called again Tuesday to inquire what time the statement was released. The State Department again did not respond.
However, the Associated Press confirmed to CNSNews.com that at 10:58 p.m. Eastern time that night, it ran a story quoting from Clintons statement linking the Benghazi attacks to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. Also, FactCheck.or, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has reported that the State Department released Clintons statement about 10:00 p.m.which is when Carney tells CNSNews.com Obama phoned Clinton.
FactCheck.org also pointed out that MSNBC posted a Reuters story at 10:32 p.m. that night, which quoted Clintons statement linking the Benghazi attacks to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.
The Benghazi attacks later were determined to have nothing to do with a protest over the YouTube videoalthough administration officials, including the president, continued to make that inference for days after the attacks.
During her Jan. 23 testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton stated she spoke with Obama the night of the attack, but did not say what time.
...blood on their hands...
timing on this admission by carney? and what more will come leaking out (and why)?
No kidding. They would have been run out of office by 9/12/12. This state-run media is criminal.
Is this the administration tiring to sticking it to Hillary (an under the bus moment for her) now that she is gone?
I thought that in the hearings it was said by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others that the President made NO Calls...to no one.
What am I not seeing here, Is Carney lying?
He called her to feed her the talking point.
"...I never had any FBI files,*pound pound* I never made $100,000 dollars investing on insider info,*pound pound* I never knew anyone named Foster,*pound pound* my mother named me after Sir Hillary,*pound* there was a sniper dimmit *pound pound*,and I fell on my head as soon as I heard I had to testify, what does it matter, I never lie..dimmit *pound pound pound*"
great photo...:) :) :)
great photo...:) :) :)
This is the outcome of Obama’s mid-east gun running escapade. It has gone horribly wrong and the litter box is being refreshed. Ft. Marcy park all over again.
CNS news FEB 20
// Like every president before him, he has a national security adviser and deputy national security adviser, Carney told CNSNews.com on Tuesday. He was in regular communication with his national security team directly, through them, and spoke with the secretary of state at approximately 10 p.m. He called her to get an update on the situation. ... ((sickening hands-off allowing this travesty to occur, and to CONTINUE without acting—this is NOT a CIC!!))...
Carney was ...((FINALLY))... responding to questions from CNSNews.com about who Obama communicated with on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012. Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the Senate Armed Services Committee they first notified the president of the attack during a Sept. 11, 2012 meeting that began at 5 p.m. and ran for about 30 minutes. They also told the committee they did not talk to Obama or anyone else at the White House after that meeting. //
0bama was more worried about HIS re-election than the lives of his troops in distress. They COULD have been saved, but 0bama saw such the possibility of a failed rescue attempt as a threat to his re-election, as was the case with Carter and his failed hostage rescue in Iran.
Hillary gets an award for the most CONTRIVED ‘feigned outrage’ in all of political history: “What difference does it make!!”.. Talk about talking points.. That was a scripted moment, designed as a shield to beat back further inquiry and to stop probative momentum.
Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifmans 17-year career.
Because she was a liar, Zeifman said in an interview last week. She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.
Benghazi really happened, there was total chaos (Dave Mellon posted videos showing how/where it unfolded), brave people acted to save lives and mitigate damage, and NO ONE in the obamanation could be bothered to simply lift a finger to act, to save.
I continue to wonder... how were those in the military able to (be made to) "stand down" knowing what was happening?
This should not be dropped and should be an event that is used to define this administration and Obama’s presidency.
Thanks for posting that. When I first saw the blood on the wall at Benghazi Obama’s flag came to mind.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.