from FNC’s Chad Pergram:
Urgent: Boehner calls on Obama to release Benghazi messages on talking points, et al
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
On-cam from the opening remarks of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) at his press conference.
Fed back live:
“I hope you tuned into yesterday’s hearing on Benghazi. We learned that on September 12 – the day after the attacks and four days before Susan Rice’s TV appearances – a senior State Department official emailed her superiors to relay that she had told the Libyan ambassador the attack was conducted by Islamic terrorists. The State Department would not allow our committees to keep copies of this email when it was reviewed. I would call on the President to order the State Department to release this email so the American people can see it.
“We also know that the White House continues to claim it only made ‘stylistic’ changes to the talking points used by Susan Rice, ignoring the fact that senior White House officials directed the changes to those talking points. Our committees’ interim report quotes specific emails where the White House and State Department insist on removing all references to a terrorist attack to protect the State Department from criticism for providing inadequate security. While a few Members were able to review these emails, they were not allowed to keep them or share them with others. I would call on the President to release these unclassified inter-agency emails so the American people can see them.
“Last November, the President said he was ‘happy to cooperate in any way Congress wants.’ This is his chance. The truth shouldn’t be hidden from the American people behind a White House firewall. Four Americans lost their lives in this terrorist attack. Congress will continue to investigate this issue, using all of the resources at our disposal.”
Senior Producer for Capitol Hill