New Emails Re-Focus Lawmakers On Getting Benghazi Answers
May 2, 2014 by Sam Rolley
The Obama Administration continues to pretend it didnâ€™t orchestrate a Benghazi terror cover-up following Judicial Watchâ€™s release of damning internal emails exposing the Administrationâ€™s lies. Meanwhile, lawmakers are gearing up to force more answers from White House officials.
On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called on Secretary of State John Kerry to provide Congressional testimony and explain why the emails were not released to lawmakers following a subpoena for Benghazi documents.
“If the White House wonâ€™t explain it, Secretary Kerry should come to the Capitol to explain why he defied an official congressional subpoena,” Boehner said in a statement. “And the White House needs to understand that this investigation will not end until the entire truth is revealed and justice and accountability are served.â€ť
The White House emails in which Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes instructed Susan Rice to blame the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on a YouTube video were obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Boehner said that withholding the emails from lawmakers is the “most flagrant example yet of the administration’s contempt for the American peopleâ€™s right to know the truth about what happened when four Americans died in a fiery terrorist attack.”
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) also weighed in on the new information Thursday, telling reporters, â€ś[This email] is all about the Presidential campaign. Itâ€™s not about trying to find out who committed this heinous crime. Not a single person who was responsible for the murder of these four brave Americans has been brought to justice.â€ť
The Senator reiterated a call for a select committee to be set up to investigate the attack.
â€śThe time has now come for a select committee because these talking points raise more questions than are answered,â€ť McCain said. â€śThis is a cover up of a situation that was politically motivated â€¦ and the American people deserve to know the truth.â€ť
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called the emails â€śthe smoking gunâ€ť that proves a White House cover-up occurred.
â€śThey did not want you to know about this email â€¦ because it is the smoking gun,â€ť he said on the Senate floor. â€śThat shows they were constantly trying to manipulate the evidence. â€¦ That to me is unacceptable.â€ť