Benghazi Emails Fail to Quiet Republican Critics

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The White House is trying to fight Republican claims of a cover-up by releasing secret emails about the Benghazi scandal.

The emails were written in the days after terrorists killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, eight months ago. The Obama administration was trying to figure out what to tell the American people.
Republicans have been asking since then why the administration refused to admit it was a terrorist attack and why Hillary Clinton's State Department did not improve security in Benghazi despite the growing threats.

The release of selected emails has failed to satisfy congressional Republicans, who are demanding more information.

"Why not release all of the unclassified documents?" said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "The president has repeatedly said that when he gets new information, he'll release it to the public. Why not release - instead of the hand-picked ones - why not release all the unclassified documents?"

Still, the emails confirm the State Department was trying to cover its tracks, removing words like "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from what Obama officials were allowed to tell the press.

They also deleted references to CIA warnings about terror threats in Benghazi.

In one email, then-State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland says the revisions do not satisfy her "building leadership." Some observers say that may be a reference to Clinton.

Critics have highlighted an email by Nuland that expressed concern that any mention of prior warnings or the involvement of al Qaeda would give congressional Republicans ammunition to attack the administration in the weeks before the presidential election.
The emails also show that then CIA Director David Petraeus objected to the final talking points because he wanted to see more details revealed to the public.

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