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Carney: Email was not about Benghazi
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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 Rice’s 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 Department’s 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."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghaziemails; carney; carneylies; chrisstevens; emails; hillary; imperialpresidency; jaycarney; jonathankarl; libya; obamatreason; smokinggun; susanrice; treason; treygowdy; typicaldnctreason; whitehousetreason; zerofootprint
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Let me guess, it was about golf, vacation, expensive hotels, and not doing your job?
1 posted on 04/30/2014 12:07:31 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

More blarney from Carney - lying little twit.


2 posted on 04/30/2014 12:08:44 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Carney, how do you sleep at night?

Your very soul is in jeapordy and you rush towards the gates of Hell.


3 posted on 04/30/2014 12:08:57 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Sub-Driver

Two words....Carney lies!!!


4 posted on 04/30/2014 12:09:16 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It appears the stupidity has reached a tipping point. I wouldn’t expect any press conferences from Dear Leader for quite a while.


5 posted on 04/30/2014 12:09:20 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: rjsimmon

U R Right on!!! Carney, Obama, Clinton, Biden, Pelosi, Reid, etc. will burn in hell for eternity!!!


6 posted on 04/30/2014 12:10:47 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: Sub-Driver

If Carney said it, it has to be a lie.


7 posted on 04/30/2014 12:10:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Sub-Driver

8 posted on 04/30/2014 12:11:13 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


9 posted on 04/30/2014 12:12:07 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (lib-pocrisy: requiring photo ID at a march protesting photo IDs for voters.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Video posted here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3150495/posts


10 posted on 04/30/2014 12:12:43 PM PDT by Raebie
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To: Sub-Driver

11 posted on 04/30/2014 12:13:17 PM PDT by high info voter
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To: Sub-Driver; All
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12 posted on 04/30/2014 12:14:05 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Sub-Driver

Now we know why the White House recently retained Criminal Defense legal team

Because they are going to need one.


13 posted on 04/30/2014 12:14:18 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Sub-Driver

More lies from the Ministry of Truth: War is peace, Freedom is slavery and the emails are not about Benghazi.


14 posted on 04/30/2014 12:14:20 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Sub-Driver

BS - he thinks everyone is as stupid as him & the people that voted for Obama!


15 posted on 04/30/2014 12:14:29 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver

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....


16 posted on 04/30/2014 12:14:47 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Sub-Driver

Carney: “Hey, what are you going to believe, your own eyes, or me?”


17 posted on 04/30/2014 12:14:53 PM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: All

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.


18 posted on 04/30/2014 12:14:54 PM PDT by willywill
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To: Sub-Driver

I guess he doesn’t realize that he’s only made the WH look worse?

Criminal lawyer for clean-up on aisle 5.


19 posted on 04/30/2014 12:15:25 PM PDT by livius
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To: beethovenfan

Carney is Irish? Welsh? Romona? Commie? Muzzie?


20 posted on 04/30/2014 12:15:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: rjsimmon
Carney, how do you sleep at night? Your very soul is in jeapordy and you rush towards the gates of Hell.

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.

21 posted on 04/30/2014 12:16:17 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: rdcbn

“Now we know why the White House recently retained Criminal Defense legal team”

They did?


22 posted on 04/30/2014 12:16:49 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver
Look at the date, names and timing.
Who are gonna believe?

The corrupt- and MSM-protectors of the undocumented First Moslem by Fraud
..... or your own eyes?


23 posted on 04/30/2014 12:19:38 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Sub-Driver

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.”


24 posted on 04/30/2014 12:21:06 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver
Gee...so what was it that she discussed on the Sunday talk show circuits?

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 that’s been well validated in many different ways since,” Ms. Rice told NBC’s 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 that’s been amply demonstrated.
Uh-huh...
25 posted on 04/30/2014 12:21:40 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Sub-Driver

And nothing will be done about the outright lying to the American People and it’s Congress, will it Issa?


26 posted on 04/30/2014 12:21:52 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Sub-Driver

Why do “journalists” even attend press-conferences at the White House..?

To GET THE TRUTH...?

The room should be completely empty —every time.


27 posted on 04/30/2014 12:22:33 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


28 posted on 04/30/2014 12:22:34 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Sub-Driver
The LORD rebuke Carney for this transparent lie. It looks to me like he is fighting against God, but only God can say.
29 posted on 04/30/2014 12:23:10 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Diogenesis

The damned ‘internet video’ had NOTHING to do with protests anywhere in Benghazi!

I’m sick of their lies!


30 posted on 04/30/2014 12:23:22 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver
Benghazi was of course the central issue because that is where our ambassador was murdered.

They are all liars.

31 posted on 04/30/2014 12:23:23 PM PDT by what's up (su)
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To: kcvl

They did indeed


32 posted on 04/30/2014 12:23:34 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Sub-Driver
The email's subject is "About the Benghazi uprising"

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.

33 posted on 04/30/2014 12:24:20 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: what's up
These people make me so sick I want to punch one of them! Carney will do just fine. He is such a little girl I could whip his *ss.
34 posted on 04/30/2014 12:24:36 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: beethovenfan

So the entire Middle East was in turmoil over an internet video nobody saw?

Doubling down on preposterous lies.


35 posted on 04/30/2014 12:25:16 PM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: willywill

“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.


36 posted on 04/30/2014 12:27:15 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: rdcbn

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 Obama’s 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.


37 posted on 04/30/2014 12:27:53 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


38 posted on 04/30/2014 12:28:14 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Sub-Driver

Yep, the WH needed to prepare Rice to discuss general unrest in the Muslim world. Right! /s


39 posted on 04/30/2014 12:28:14 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Lazamataz

BTTT!


40 posted on 04/30/2014 12:28:39 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Carney: “Email was not about Benghazi”

Implied: “Only a RASSISS!! would think this is connected to Benghazi”


41 posted on 04/30/2014 12:28:43 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

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]


42 posted on 04/30/2014 12:29:46 PM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Email was not about Benghazi'.

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.

43 posted on 04/30/2014 12:30:11 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: rdcbn

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.


44 posted on 04/30/2014 12:33:50 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Sub-Driver

45 posted on 04/30/2014 12:34:28 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: kcvl

and the money quote:

Veteran Washington attorney W. Neil Eggleston, who served in the Clinton administration, was named Monday as the White House’s top lawyer.


46 posted on 04/30/2014 12:35:55 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


47 posted on 04/30/2014 12:37:01 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Mouton

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.”


48 posted on 04/30/2014 12:37:47 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver
“I ...UH...it was about my wife...Morgan Fairchild!
That's the ticket!”
49 posted on 04/30/2014 12:38:58 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: pogo101; scripter

hahaha! you stole my thunder... Baghdad Bob certainly comes to mind :)


50 posted on 04/30/2014 12:39:13 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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