White House to Surrender More Benghazi Docs
To aid the confirmation of counterterrorism chief John Brennan as the next director of the CIA, the White House will release more emails and documents related to the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
According to Politico, the White House will “surrender email messages between top national security officials that discuss how to describe the Sept. 11 attack” to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is overseeing the Brennan’s confirmation hearings.
Republican Senators, in particular Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham, demanded the documents as a condition for moving the Brennan nomination forward.
After terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September 11 and killed four Americans, President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, then-Secretary of State, initially claimed the attacks were a demonstration against an anti-Islam YouTube video that got out of hand.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice appeared on multiple news programs the weekend after the attacks and reinforced that claim. Controversy over Rice’s comments eventually derailed her anticipated nomination for Secretary of State.