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Well, Benghazi is back - but then it was never gone, and it will probably never be gone. When the last Tea Partier lays down his gun and rides into the Sunset, Benghazi!!!!! will be carved on his headstone, right next to Molon Labe.
A new document has been found in which a White House Aide tells Susan Rice to follow the CIA talking points, which we already know that she did. Yawn. None of this is really new, nor is it a smoking gun. It's the last gasp of a dying party, but hey, they got nothin' else. Besides, it changes the subject from Cliven Bundy and his racism, so Sean Hannity is heaving a sigh of relief.
This new thing is brought to you by Judicial Watch, a conservative "watchdog" group ~ yeah, they are going to be unbiased, right? Look at their tweet!
Oh, Look ~ Rep. Darrell Issa has started a new investigation!
From Fox News
New emails indicate a White House adviser helped prep (UN Ambassador Susan) Rice for her Sunday show appearances and pushed the explanation linking the attack to an anti-Islamic film -- and now, the White House is facing credibility questions after having downplayed their role in Rice's "talking points."
. . . During a heated briefing with reporters Wednesday afternoon, Press Secretary Jay Carney repeatedly tried to claim that the so-called "prep call" with Rice -- as it was described in one email -- was not about Benghazi. The prep session, he said, was just about the demonstrations elsewhere in the Muslim world that week.
"It is not about Benghazi -- it is about the protests around the Muslim world," Carney claimed.
. . . the documents obtained and released by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, included a Sept. 14, 2012, email from White House aide Ben Rhodes, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications.
The Rhodes email, with the subject line: "RE: PREP Call with Susan: Saturday at 4:00 pm ET," was sent to a dozen members of the administration's inner circle, including key members of the White House communications team such as Carney.
In the email, Rhodes specifically draws attention to the anti-Islam Internet video, without distinguishing whether the Benghazi attack was different from protests elsewhere.
And who was in the "heated debate" with Press Secretary Jay Carney? None other than ABC's Benghazi Warrior, Jonathan Karl, who was once fooled by some fake emails about Benghazi. Why he gets to ask questions now is a mystery, because he has no credibility left as a reporter, and now merely shills for the Right. Someday his visage will hang in the Benghazi Hall of Fame, right next to Lindsey Graham and Darrell Issa.
It would be funnier if it wasn't such a boring waste of time!
And of course all the other Pundidiots and Politicians have to chime in.
UPDATE: Joe Scarborough Loses His Mind on Morning Joe, Transcript Via NewsMax
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: So the email that you all are talking about is written by deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes. I think we flashed it up there. To then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. The email was sent two days before Ambassador Rice went on five Sunday talk shows and blamed an anti-Islamic video for the attack.
One of the goals listed in the email, "To underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video and not a broader failure of policy." So they're trying to really clarify exactly what her focus is.
Republicans say the email is a smoking gun and should have been released with the rest of the Benghazi material, as we were talking about. But the White House disagrees, arguing that it was about broader Middle East policy and didn't have to be released.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Oh, that's ridiculous.
. . . DONNY DEUTSCH: I want to put up a warning for the Republicans because obviously the Republicans are seizing on this and jumping in. I think this is fools gold for 2016. I do not think the Benghazi – I think if they focus on this-
SCARBOROUGH: What about the cover-up for the White House? I got everybody here – I got everybody here apologizing for the White House.
DEUTSCH: I'm not.
SCARBOROUGH: What about a cover-up here, Donny?!
DEUTSCH: I am talking about political strategy. I think that-
SCARBOROUGH: Okay. But why are you jumping to political strategy instead of talking-
DEUTSCH: I'm just giving my point of view.
SCARBOROUGH: No, why aren't you talking about what Jay Carney did, the double speak?!
DEUTSCH: Because – it is double speak, but I'm talking politics. This is a political show.
SCARBOROUGH: So tell me, what's the politics of the White House lying about something that we all know they're lying about. When Jay Carney is saying it's not about Benghazi when you know it's about Benghazi! And we know it's about Benghazi.
DEUTSCH: If they're gonna run against Hillary Clinton on this, I think it's a bad political move.
SCARBOROUGH: And Chuck Todd knows it's about Benghazi. And he [pointing to Mike Barnicle] knows it's about – everybody watching knows it's about Benghazi. And you're talking about how the Republicans – you see the White House spokesperson lying on national television. You see an ABC News person shocked that he's lying and treating the press corps and Americans like their stupid, he's says it's not about Benghazi.
Republicans and conservatives have been called fools for a year now for saying this happened. They don't release it with the original documents that are released. They finally reluctantly are forced to release it. Then you have the White House lying about it yesterday saying it's not about Benghazi. And your only reaction is, "Hey, Republicans better not overreact to the cover-up."
DEUTSCH: My reaction is this, that we as voters understand both Republicans and Democrats are political animals and are going to manage a crisis in their situation to their favor. So what I am saying it's both-
SCARBOROUGH: So when Democrats cover something up, it's politics.
DEUTSCH: Joe, Joe, you know what?
SCARBOROUGH: When Republicans cover something up, it's a scandal.
There you have it. Cold, hard evidence that a high-level White House aide instructed Ambassador Rice to blame Benghazi on a YouTube video.
~ Sean Hannity on Fox News, via Heritage Foundation
We now have the smoking document,” Krauthammer said, “which is the White House saying, ‘We’re pushing the video because we don’t want to blame it on the failure of our policies.’
~ Charles Krauthammer of Fox News, via Politico
Let’s be clear: The Rhodes memo certainly seems to confirm the allegations Republicans have been making for more than a year: the White House was intentionally spinning after the attack so as not to damage their reelection prospects. The White House denied this, and now there is evidence the critics were right. Isn’t the mainstream media the least bit curious about what happened?
~ Conservative Pundit, Jennifer Rubin, on Washington Post
The email shows political operatives in the White House working to create a political narrative at odds with the facts. #Benghazi— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 29, 2014
The political shop at the White House took over early on. #Benghazi— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 30, 2014
It appears that more has been done to protect internal emails than to bring the murderers of four brave Americans to justice. #Benghazi— Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) April 30, 2014
Obama admin's stated email goal to Rice was not just false, it was politically motivated.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 29, 2014