A string of emails has led Benghazi to once again become a top issue for Republicans in Congress to go after the Obama Administration on the terror attacks that occurred on September 11, 2012. The new uncovered emails show an administration official telling Susan Rice to emphasize an anti-Islam Internet video as the culprit for the attack, something that has since been proven false. The White House is standing by its side of the story, saying that it is a Republican conspiracy theory and that administration officials were only going off of the information they had at the time. Republicans are unlikely to drop the topic anytime soon given this year’s midterm elections in November.
Benghazi is back.
House Republicans on Thursday seized upon newly released documents from the White House to accuse the Obama administration of again lying about its role in drafting talking points about the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya — even going as far as to suggest that the White House behaved criminally.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) accused President Barack Obama of misleading the public about the talking points used by then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to discuss the attack.
“It’s disturbing, and perhaps criminal, that these documents were kept from the public. It comes in a week in which the American people have learned that you cannot believe what the White House says…and you cannot believe what the president says,” Issa said at an Oversight hearing.
For nearly two years, Republicans have used this line of attack against the White House. The latest revelations are just a reminder that the GOP isn’t going to let the issue fade away — especially ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.
During an interview, Issa raised the possibility of holding White House officials in contempt. He’s upset that the administration provided his panel with redacted documents while releasing a more complete set of records to Judicial Watch, which filed a request for Benghazi-related information under the Freedom of Information Act.
“That would be an act of contempt if you did it before a judge,” Issa said. “We cannot allow this administration to continue to show, not just contempt, but to systematically defraud the American people out of getting to the truth.”