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Bryan Preston

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May 14, 2013 - 4:17 pm

During today’s press briefing, Jay Carney made the startling claim that someone “fabricated” the Benghazi emails containing the discussion of the infamous talking points. I’ve been waiting throughout the afternoon for a transcript of the press briefing to start working on some angles to this myself, but the White House hasn’t produced one up to now.

CNN obtained the emails, and Jake Tapper backed the White House’s view. But ABC’s Jonathan Karl, the reporter who broke the 12 edits story last week, pours gallons of cold water all over Tapper.

This is how I reported the contents of that e-mail, quoting verbatim a source who reviewed the original documents and shared detailed notes:

“We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation.  We thus will work through the talking points tomorrow morning at the Deputies Committee meeting.”

The source was not permitted to make copies of the original e-mails. The White House has refused multiple requests – from journalists, including myself, and from Republican leaders in Congress – to release the full e-mail exchanges.

The differences in the two versions are being taken by some as evidence that my source sought to intentionally mislead about the extent of State Department involvement in changing the talking points. The version I obtained makes specific reference to the State Department, while the version reported by CNN references only “all of the relevant equities” and does not single out State.

The White House that’s blaming Republicans and accusing them of “fabricating” emails could clear all of this up by just releasing the original emails. They have chosen not to do that. Instead, they’re adding to the cover-up. Jay Carney should be very, very careful with future actions. Up to now his statements have been excusable as doing his boss’ bidding. Accusing people of fabricating evidence in an ongoing investigation is a very serious charge and could open him up to charges of his own, perhaps obstruction of justice or something along those lines.

As for Jake Tapper, he just got played. That’s fair game for burning a source.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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C'mon, we all know that GOP militants attacked the compound in Benghazi.

48 weeks ago
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No no no. It was a band of Lutherans, offended that they weren't allowed to hold an ice cream social in the compound.
48 weeks ago
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I think it was a spontaneous Tea Party demonstration. They were angry because the IRS defiled their 501(c) applications.
48 weeks ago
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If anyone knows about fabricating documents, it's the media. How long have those clowns been defending Dan "word processor" Rather.
They see right through Carney's act.
48 weeks ago
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Good old Dan - the first name that popped into my head when I heard about this.
48 weeks ago
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Let me just go ahead and put their statement through the 'ol translate'o'meter.

"Jay Carney made the startling claim that someone “fabricated” the Benghazi e-mails containing the discussion of the infamous talking points."

TRANSLATION: "The Obama team is betting this administration on their ability to find every copy of the original talking points and destroy them, thus ensuring that, while they cannot provide a defense, no one can prove the accusations. For all anyone knows, they could be grinding up the hard drives while we speak."
48 weeks ago
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Pssst! I saw Emmanuel Goldstein doctor those emails. No joke.
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