According to Fox News’ source on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration will soon be providing the sought after emails pertaining to the bogus CIA talking points that suggested that the attack in Benghazi was inspired by a You Tube video.
“We expect that will be done early next week,” the source said, adding the administration has agreed to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s request to review the emails.
The source did not immediately make clear whether members of the committee would go into a room and read the emails, or whether hard copies would be permanently supplied to the committee.
The source noted that the committee has already seen details on how the controversial talking points were changed from their original drafting. Terms like Al Qaeda were stripped out, which led Republican lawmakers to charge the talking points were deliberately watered down — it’s unclear which versions of the talking points members of the Senate committee might see.
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Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence seeking access to records detailing the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Specifically, Judicial Watch seeks a controversial “speaking points” memo indicating that intelligence officials believed from the outset that terrorists were behind the attack despite public statements to the contrary issued by Obama administration officials, including UN Ambassador Susan Rice and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The lawsuit was filed on February 14, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. Office of the Dir. of National Intelligence (No. 13-0198)).
Ambassador Chris Stevens arrived in Benghazi on Sept. 10, 2012, unaware that President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, had been “running his own private war” against Libyan jihadists and that they were preparing to strike back.Sean Smith, the Foreign Service IT guy who accompanied Stevens, got a whiff of the danger ahead, posting the following online after noon, Sept. 11, Libyan time: “assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.”
Smith’s concerns proved real just after 9 p.m. (3 p.m. Washington time) when a rocket-propelled grenade smashed against the front gate of the makeshift State Department compound signaling a coordinated attack. Just to be clear, there was no prior protest at all.
The locally hired compound security fled immediately. This left seven Americans in the compound, Stevens, Smith and five Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agents.
One DSS agent secured Stevens and Smith in a protected room in the ambassador’s villa, two manned the tactical operations center (TOC), and two others barricaded themselves in the DSS villa. Stevens and the others immediately alerted their chain of command that they were in jeopardy. There was no lack of communication to the outside world.***
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told USA Today on Wednesday, “I want to know who the survivors are and for the appropriate committees to interview them.” He explained further, “We know it was clear from the beginning it was a terrorist attack. I want to know what kind of help they asked for.”
Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), a member of the armed services committee, all called for a joint select committee to investigate Benghazi in November. The South Carolina Senator is threatening to hold up the nomination of CIA pick John Brennan if the White House will not release more information on the attack.
Both Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), along with other Democrats, rebuffed the idea of a joint select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack.
“At this point, I think that the standing committees of the House, whether they be the (State Department) oversight committee or the intelligence committee, are working diligently on these issues,” Boehner said shortly after his Senate colleagues floated the idea in November.