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Posted on 04/30/2014 12:07:31 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
April 30, 2014, 02:39 pm Carney: Email was not about Benghazi
By Justin Sink
Press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that a newly-revealed email showing a White House official preparing then-U.S. ambassador Susan Rice for television interviews was not explicitly in reference to the terror attack in Benghazi.
"The email and the talking points were not about Benghazi," Carney said. "They were about the general situation in the Muslim world."
A set of documents obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request included an email from deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes to other senior White House and administration officials outlining goals for Rices Sunday talk show appearances following the attack.
In the email, Rhodes says Rice should underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."
Rhodes also wrote the White House hoped the appearance would reinforce the president and administration's strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges."
Republicans have seized on the document to argue that the White House was responsible Rice's comments during the interviews. On the Sunday shows, Rice suggested that the violence in Benghazi grew spontaneously out of protests over an anti-Islam YouTube video. The administration later said intelligence indicated the Benghazi attack was deliberate and organized.
On Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called the documents a "smoking gun."
"It shows political operatives in the White House working to create a political narrative at odds with the facts," Graham said. "Their goal was not to tell the truth about what actually happened. They did not want to provide the best information available. Instead, we were provided the most beneficial political story for President Obama."
But Carney maintained Wednesday that the email highlighting the anti-Islam video only sought to explain the general unrest in the region, and not the Benghazi attack.
"It was explicitly not about Benghazi," Carney said. "It was about the overall situation in the region, the Muslim world, where you saw protests outside of embassy facilities across the region, including in Cairo, Sanaa, Khartoum and Tunis. And the so-called talking points around Benghazi, as you know because it's been substantially reported on, were prepared by the CIA."
Carney went on to say that the email was merely evidence the White House was preparing Rice to discuss "the overall issue of unrest in the Muslim world." He read network promotions that aired ahead of Rice's interviews to demonstrate that the other protests were of interest.
"This was part of our effort to explain our views, both as a matter of policy and as a matter of what was happening on the ground with regards to the protests that were underway around the region," Carney said.
The White House spokesman also maintained the Rhodes email had not been turned over to congressional investigators sooner because it was not directly related to Benghazi.
A representative for House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) accused the State Department of hiding this email and other documents requested by the committee in a statement Wednesday to The Daily Beast.
It is disturbing that this highly important email showing a White House role in pushing a false narrative was only turned over after it was discovered by the Departments FOIA office in response to a specific request. While he had promised cooperation, by hiding subpoenaed documents from Congress, Secretary [John] Kerry is failing to meet his legal obligations, said committee staff director Frederick Hill.
The White House also defended Rhodes' role in preparing Rice for the appearance, despite Republican criticism that the email demonstrates the administration was concerned about the political fallout.
As is the case for every Sunday
when other administration officials go out, documents are prepared that anticipate questions from the press and provide answers based on our policy and our best understanding of what's happening at the time," Carney said. "That's standard operating procedure."
More blarney from Carney - lying little twit.
Carney, how do you sleep at night?
Your very soul is in jeapordy and you rush towards the gates of Hell.
Two words....Carney lies!!!
It appears the stupidity has reached a tipping point. I wouldn’t expect any press conferences from Dear Leader for quite a while.
U R Right on!!! Carney, Obama, Clinton, Biden, Pelosi, Reid, etc. will burn in hell for eternity!!!
If Carney said it, it has to be a lie.
Carney: FDR’s “Day of Infamy” speech of Dec. 8, 1941, was not about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It was about “Infamy” in general.
Video posted here:
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Now we know why the White House recently retained Criminal Defense legal team
Because they are going to need one.
More lies from the Ministry of Truth: War is peace, Freedom is slavery and the emails are not about Benghazi.
BS - he thinks everyone is as stupid as him & the people that voted for Obama!
THAT’S why it was so important to delay it. Why, just the other day, Susan Rice said something, unmmm, really, really important, and I heard it on....let me check....
Carney: “Hey, what are you going to believe, your own eyes, or me?”
reminds me of the Clinton whitewater hearings. there was an episode, I cant remember it in exact detail, where an aide named josh steiner had written incriminating info in his diary about the then current us red cross head. when steiner got before congress (and I remember republicans salivating that they finally got the Clintons), josh told diane feinstien , “i lied to my own diary”.
you have to hand it to the democrats though, that’s something I would never thought of to say.
I guess he doesn’t realize that he’s only made the WH look worse?
Criminal lawyer for clean-up on aisle 5.
Carney is Irish? Welsh? Romona? Commie? Muzzie?
Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
Human nature often is to desire the praise of man more than God -- which is completely backwards. No fear of God leads to foolishness and self-destruction.
“Now we know why the White House recently retained Criminal Defense legal team”
The corrupt- and MSM-protectors of the undocumented First Moslem by Fraud
..... or your own eyes?
So prove it, Carney! Release the redacted portions.
comments were redacted, citing “personal privacy information.”
The email lists the following two goals, among others:
“To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”
“To reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”
The email goes on to state that the U.S. government rejected the message of the Internet video. “We find it disgusting and reprehensible. But there is absolutely no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence,” the email stated.
The email is also significant because in congressional testimony in early April, former deputy CIA director Michael Morell told lawmakers it was Rice, in her Sunday show appearances, who linked the video to the Benghazi attack. Morell said the video was not part of the CIA analysis.
The newly released emails also show that on Sept. 27, 2012 a Fox News report — titled “US officials knew Libya attack was terrorism within 24 hours, sources confirm” — was circulated at the most senior levels of the administration. This included going to then-deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough; then-White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan; Morell; and Rhodes, among others, but the comments were redacted, citing “personal privacy information.”
This outlines a summary of that Sunday's talkshows best http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.in/2012/09/ambassador-susan-rice-appeared-on-five.html
As well, Susan Rice herself stated in February:
The information I provided I commented that this was what we knew on that morning, was provided to me and my colleagues and indeed to Congress, by the intelligence community, and thats been well validated in many different ways since, Ms. Rice told NBCs David Gregory. And that information turned out in some respects not to be 100 percent correct, but the notion that I or anybody else in the administration misled the American people is patently false, and I think that thats been amply demonstrated.Uh-huh...
And nothing will be done about the outright lying to the American People and it’s Congress, will it Issa?
Why do “journalists” even attend press-conferences at the White House..?
To GET THE TRUTH...?
The room should be completely empty —every time.
The White House staff has investigated the White House staff and determined the e-mails from the White House staff regarding Benghazi were not about Benghazi. Nothing to see here, please move along.
The damned ‘internet video’ had NOTHING to do with protests anywhere in Benghazi!
I’m sick of their lies!
They are all liars.
They did indeed
The email starts: "Re: Benghazi and how we explain it"
The first line of the email is, "Recently, our ambassador was killed in Benghazi, and this is what we should say about it."
So, clearly, the email has NOTHING to do with Benghazi.
So the entire Middle East was in turmoil over an internet video nobody saw?
Doubling down on preposterous lies.
i lied to my own diary.
Yes I recall that happening. Until we get the equal of Torquemada to ask some questions, we will never get any truth from these liars.
Found it! Thanks...
A week ago on April 21, 2014, the White House announced that W. Neil Eggleston, a well-known criminal defense attorney, will be Obamas new White House counsel upon the May 2014 departure of Kathryn Ruemmler.
Keith Koffler of whitehousedossier.com says Eggleston is the kind of guy you go to when someone tells you, time to lawyer up.
Eggleston, 60, has an impressive record of defending political figures from criminal charges
In 2009, Eggleston represented then-Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel during the prosecution of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
This is the worst liar that has ever held the post of Press Sec., and that is saying something. No one could believe this pale, shifty-eyed weasel.
Yep, the WH needed to prepare Rice to discuss general unrest in the Muslim world. Right! /s
Carney: “Email was not about Benghazi”
Implied: “Only a RASSISS!! would think this is connected to Benghazi”
And Hillary ..... lying to the parents over the very bodies of their children. Maybe that’s why she’s talking about her religion so much these days .... trying to keep the Devil at arm’s length. [/s]
Srsly?! Preposterous. CarneyBarker shows the WH press corp how weak they are and how he disdains them. He's pissing all over them and telling them it's raining.
And the lap dogs are taking it. Too bad that they possess no shame or embarrassment.
For what crime? I can see obstruction perhaps, or for illegal arms shipments if indeed they were intending on sending arms to Syria via Libyan rebels when the attack occurred or is a direct result of.
But just because the White House defined a more favorable narrative doesn’t violate any actual laws. They’ve given themselves a plausible but rather anemic justification.
and the money quote:
Veteran Washington attorney W. Neil Eggleston, who served in the Clinton administration, was named Monday as the White Houses top lawyer.
Clearly, the e-mail wasn’t about Benghazi. I mean, Benghazi happened on 9.11.12 and the e-mail was dated 9.14.12 ... DUH! How stupid are you people?
You people? That’s racist.
Otto states, “W. Neil Eggleston makes his living defending politicians against criminal charges and going up against congressional investigations.” And he concludes, “Which begs the question: Exactly what is Barack Hussein Obama so worried about? Which investigation or accusation does he believe is powerful enough to bring down his Presidency? It has to be something serious for the President to hire the top political criminal defense attorney as the White House Chief Counsel “
While discussing White House scandals, Otto adds, “not only has Barrack Obama broken the law, but he is also attempting to cover it up.”
hahaha! you stole my thunder... Baghdad Bob certainly comes to mind :)