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March 18, 2013 - 3:17 pm

White House press secretary Jay Carney brushed off a question at today’s briefing about whether President Obama has even visited the survivors of the Benghazi attack.

Congressional sources have told PJM that some of the survivors of the Sept. 11 are believed to still be recovering at Walter Reed, including a potential amputee. But the Hill is largely in the dark about the tales the survivors have to tell.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has long asserted that the Obama administration is trying to keep the survivors away from Congress, told Fox News last week that he has been able to contact some of them and heard a “chilling” story.

“They feel afraid to tell it. It’s important they come forward to tell their story. The best evidence of what happened in Benghazi is not a bunch of politicians in Washington trying to cover their political ass, it’s the people who lived through the debacle,” Graham said. “…Some are back, working for the government. Some are still injured. The bottom line is, they feel that they cannot come forward. They’ve been told to be quiet.”

“The White House is certainly not preventing anybody from having access to any of the survivors of the Benghazi attack,” Carney said today. “I think it’s worth noting that government employees — in this case, some of them in highly sensitive positions — have responsibilities that existed before and exist after an attack like that. But investigation is ongoing.”

“Cooperation with and briefing of members of Congress continues in the investigation, as appropriate, and has been in keeping with the incredible amount of cooperation we have provided to Congress, and all of their inquiries with regard to the Benghazi matter,” he continued. “So I’m not sure what else to say about this. I know that some general assertions had been made. But the fact of the matter is it’s under investigation and certainly nobody at the White House is preventing anybody from talking to anyone.”

It was noted in the White House briefing room that Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters that he had gone to Walter Reed and met with one of the survivors.

“To your knowledge, has President Obama made any effort to meet with or speak with any of the Benghazi survivors himself?” Carney was asked.

“We don’t talk specifics in terms of the president’s visits to Walter Reed,” the press secretary responded.

“Or elsewhere?”

“I don’t have anything for you on that. I don’t know the answer to that question,” Carney replied.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Could really care less if the Sun King has allowed peasants into his magnificent presense.
Why have none of the Benghazi survivors been on network news programs? NBC is falling behind Univision into fifth place in the ratings: you mean that a story about an amputee survivor of a terrorist attack wouldn't be interesting and ratings worthy? What, do the networks think we really want to continue to see stories about how much snow falls during the winter?
The MSM is the dog that doesn't bark.
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Hillary kicked over this Harley by her simply astounding comment about 'what really matters'.
Carney is just following up, continuing/spreading the meme, and making like it's "another day, another sunrise", and hoping it all just goes away over time. [Who here has heard anything about Fast and Furious lately]
They're counting on nothing being done and the way The GOP is playing this, who can doubt this is at least mostly true?
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“I think it’s worth noting that government employees — in this case, some of them in highly sensitive positions — have responsibilities that existed before and exist after an attack like that."

....So, when we want sensitive, classified information to come out, we'll do what we always do.

Leak it to the New York times.
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Have any of the survivors been on the golf course at the same time Obama is getting a quick round? Maybe he could chat with them while waiting his turn to tee off.

If the White House isn't keeping anyone from talking to them, and so much cooperation is taking place, let's see the FBI interrogation records.

Putz
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