The Senate Intelligence Committee today received the classified documents they requested from the Obama Administration that concerned communications in the executive branch in the hours after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. Fox News Capitol Hill reporter Chad Pergram has a source that claims the e-mails revealed by the White House did not “shed any new light”, which might have been disappointing to Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee:
Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee today received a classified briefing by an administration official on the various emails and documents assembled in the days after the September 11th attack in Benghazi. These emails were the precursor of the “talking points” which the administration then armed UN Ambassador Susan Rice and other officials with.
One source familiar with the briefing indicated that they did not believe the emails shed any new light on anything that was not already known and said the messages did not demonstrate an effort by the administration to deliberately downplay the role of “al Qai’da” or “terrorists.”
Republicans have charged the Obama Administration with deliberately misleading the public with regard to the attack in Benghazi when U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was interviewed the Sunday after the attack and claimed the Benghazi attack was the result of protests that rose up, inspired by an inflammatory anti-Islam YouTube video.
Sources in the past have claimed that the talking points pushed by the Obama Administration in the wake of the attack were altered before Rice’s appearance on national television in order to make it appear as if this was not a pre-planned terrorist attack: