White House providing Benghazi e-mails to Senate panel
Damage at US Mission in Benhgazi, Libya
February 26th, 2013
12:50 PM ET

White House providing Benghazi e-mails to Senate panel

By Pam Benson

Senate Intelligence Committee members will have access Tuesday to the e-mails associated with the development of the intelligence community's talking points on the attack at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a committee aide said.

The Obama administration will provide the e-mails for members and some committee staff to read, take notes and ask questions in the committee's classified hearing room, the aide said. Members will not get copies of the documents.

Republican senators have threatened to hold up the nomination of John Brennan to be the next CIA director until they receive e-mails exchanged between the White House and the CIA concerning the public talking points used by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice for her appearances on Sunday talk shows the weekend after the September attack.

The CIA's original draft of those talking points linked people associated with al Qaeda to the attack, which killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans. But the final version changed al Qaeda to extremists. Some Republicans have accused the administration of deliberately downplaying the attack, which occurred less than two months before the presidential election.

The lawmakers have been unsatisfied with what they say is conflicting information from the administration about who was responsible for the change in the talking points, even though the CIA eventually said it changed them during interagency discussions to protect classified information and for legal reasons.

Two of the lawmakers who have demanded the e-mails, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain, are not members of the Intelligence Committee. It is unclear if arrangements will be made for them to have access to the communications.

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  1. Reed Edmondson

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    June 7, 2013 at 9:33 am | Reply
  2. Murf

    no what it boils down to is Obama told Panetta and Mullen to "take care it" and "do what ever you need to." then took a nap. Next day he went to a campaign fund raiser in Los Vegas.
    A fair interpretation of the events is that Obama was a sleep at the wheel during the worst terrorist attack since 911 and to not look bad during the election they blamed it on the Video. This is nothing new and many Presidents have done worse. I just wish that some day people will quit looking at him with rose colored glasses and see him for the inept amature and cynical manipulator he really is.

    March 3, 2013 at 10:25 am | Reply
  3. Brian from CO

    Retired Vet wrote:


    Benghazi is a tragady that people like you have imagined into a conspiracy, whcih makes you pathetic not patriotic. Fast and Furious was a program started by Bush. The worst thing you can say about Obama's economic policies is they have too slowly pulled us out of the hole Republican policy created. As far as taxes on the rich being raised I am very happy about that and so are a majority of Americans.

    February 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  4. California

    Doctored up like a SOB. They literally ignored it for the election.

    How does it feel to have killed Americans Obama?

    February 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  5. Gen X'r

    Why is there no mention of the YouTube video that was touted as the original cause of the violence? The CIA talking points were developed long after the WH had begun to spin the false narrative. Hillary Clinton posted a official memo on the state department website while the attack,was still ongoing (after Stevens died but before Woods and Dougherty were killed). In that memo she blamed the you tube video and the video alone.

    February 28, 2013 at 8:32 am | Reply
  6. W.G.

    Why are the republicans shouting out about Benghazi ? Why aren´t they trying to bring to justice
    2 real murderers Bush and Cheney for the thousans of American Lives wasted in Iraq ? McCain ?
    Don´t ya care ?? Huh ! Don´t ya care ??? You FAKE !

    February 28, 2013 at 8:28 am | Reply
  7. bob


    And just where were you when 59 dilomats were killed while Bush sat on his hands?


    February 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • RetiredVet

      Bob I was serving my country from 1991-2011,so WHERE WERE YOU!

      February 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • RetiredVet

      Hey Bob hears a newsflash for you that the mainstream media hasn;t reported yet, for $500,000.00 you can have a meeting with Obama, go to the Drudge Report it might open your eyes to what is really going on with your "president".

      February 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • Genie

      Excellent point, Bob. Democrats never played politics with all of those lives. We honored them and moved on....working together for the good of the country. Republicans seem to be from another planet these days.

      February 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @Genie,see the active roll call of senators,congressmen and see who actually served in our military.30% of active republicans and over 70% democrate many decorated that's why they advocate against wars because they've seen the death,destruction of what war brings.."RetiredVet",you're just a disgruntled soldier with a chip on your shoulder,your wars over, get help and move on!!

        February 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
  8. RetiredVet

    No Bob it isn't about the "rebublicans" its about the FOUR LIVES LOST because of the incompetent OBAMA administration and what led up to the deaths of these four people in Benghazi and the cover ups in the Obama administration so Obama can get re elected, you are obviously a Obama sheeple who believes Obama can do no wrong.

    February 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @RetiredVet,are you really a vet or just wishing you were on?Just check bud on your idol Reagan and the lives lost in Liberia,Lebanon and the barracks attacked that cost all total over 300 lives..Sec of State George Schultz was never even talked too about it and you talk about Pres.Obama and what about Reagan being caught selling serin gas and weapons to Hussein and other dictators to use on their own people and Reagan said he didn't remember..He wasn't impeached because republicans who led both houses at the time knew if that happened after your Nixons Watergate debacle you republicans would never have another president or party to go to,read up vet and I still think you need help ,maybe anger management classes would be nice!!

      February 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  9. Ethel Bailey

    It's so sad that these old men are trying to make President Obama look like he cover up something but he still won.
    Please McCain and Graham go find something to whine about.

    February 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  10. Bob

    Shame this won't change anything. They'll just ask for the long form emails, and require a time machine so they can get video of what the president was doing the whole time. Even if they got that they'd just claim it was staged. It's not about facts, these are rebublicans, it's about maximum exposure of the lies as many times as possible.

    February 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Reply

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