“There’s no there, there” on Benghazi, Obama says
There you have it. I guess it depends on what your definition of there is.
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President Obama on Monday forcefully dismissed the ongoing controversy over the talking points that the administration initially crafted to describe the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, calling it a politically motivated “sideshow” that “defies logic.”
“The whole issue of talking points, frankly, throughout this process has been a sideshow,” Mr. Obama said in a White House press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. “What we have been very clear about throughout was that immediately after this event happened… nobody understood exactly what was taking place during the course of those few days.”
The Benghazi talking points were revised numerous times before United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice used them on political talk shows on Sept. 16. The White House has said the changes were merely stylistic, but some suggest emails from various agencies, obtained by CBS News, show that administration officials were interested in sparing the State Department from political criticism in the wake of the attack.
Mr. Obama noted Monday that the administration directly provided Congress with the emails months ago. He noted that Congress reviewed them and “concluded there was nothing afoul in terms of the process we had used.”
“Suddenly, three days ago, this gets spun up as if there’s something new to this story,” he said. “There’s no there, there.”
The president said that the talking points given to Rice “pretty much matched” the assessments of the situation that he was receiving at the time. Mr. Obama also noted that he sent his director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Matthew Olsen, to Capitol Hill days after Rice’s appearance on the political talk shows, where he called the attack an act of terrorism.