Obama Learned of Benghazi E-Mails
The White House is declining to say when President Obama first learned of three e-mails that the State Department sent to the White House on Sept. 11, 2012, directly notifying the Executive Office of the President that the US Consulate in Benghazi was under attack, that US Amb. Chris Stevens was at the Benghazi mission at the time of the attack, and that the group Ansar al-Sharia had taken credit for the attack.
The White House also declined to say when the president first met with the National Security Council after the Benghazi attack.
“I have been asked by one of our spokespeople to relay ‘that we decline to comment,’” said White House National Security Staff aide Debbie Bird in a written response to CNSNews.com.
CNSNews.com had asked Bird: 1) “When did the President first meet with the National Security Council after the Benghazi attack on 9/11/12?” 2) “When did White House staff first discuss the substance of the e-mails that went to the White House with the President or with the National Security Advisor?”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney also took a question about the e-mails today during a press gaggle held aboard Air Force One at 9:34am...Carney downplayed the significance of the State Department emails. “There were emails about all sorts of information that was becoming available in the aftermath of the attack,” Carney said...
The NSC is chaired by the president, and includes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. A NSC meeting would allow the leader of the intelligence community to communicate directly with the leader of the State Department in the presence of the president and for all of them to weigh any conflicting information.
The three emails in question, which were obtained by CBS News, were sent by the State Department to various government officials, including two officials in the Executive Office of the President, on Sept. 11, 2012, while the attack on the Benghazi was taking place and immediately after it had taken place.
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Editor's Note: "Declining to comment" is not an option...especially for an administration who chest-thumped that it was going to be the most transparent ion US history. It is becoming abundantly clear that either: a) Mr. Obama and his campaign are purposefully withholding information from the public about a terror attack for political purposes, b) Mr. Obama and his team are so inept that they haven't a clue about the total of the events that cost the lives of four Americans in his diplomatic charge, or c) Both. No matter which, this is a serious issue that exhibits behavior We the People cannot tolerate. In fact, it is an impeachable offense, as explained here.
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