Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday the Obama administration is still hiding information about the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and even lying to the American people.
An email written by top White House national security aide Ben Rhodes asked U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to emphasize on the Sunday shows that the attacks killing four Americans stemmed from a spontaneous demonstration and not terrorism. Rhodes advised to “underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video and not a broader failure of policy.”
The email sparked a new GOP-led panel investigation into the attacks. And House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry to testify.
“If it were up to the White House, you would have never known about this email,” the Republican senator from South Carolina said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Congress subpoenaed all documents relating to Benghazi in August, and 20 months later they’re hiding things. I mean, they say this email doesn’t matter. These are the same people that tried to hide it.”
“And what was the purpose of this email?,” Graham asked. “To protect the White House politically from the damage that could’ve been done from the truth coming out about Benghazi, six, seven weeks before the election …
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