Skip to comments.Carney: Email was not about Benghazi
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?
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