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Bryan Preston


May 15, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Its gambit to accuse Republicans of “fabricating” Benghazi emails having failed epically Tuesday, on Wednesday the Obama White House has decided to release them. 100 pages of them.

The move came a week after public interest in last year’s terror attack unexpectedly rebounded with testimony by three State Department employees that reopened lingering questions about the assault. The documents were being released late Wednesday afternoon.

While many of the emails have already leaked out, the release of the complete set of communications paints a fuller picture of an administration struggling with how much to disclose about an attack that eight months later remains a focus of partisan division.

The decision to release them represented a major shift that officials hope will tamp down the controversy. Administration lawyers for months had rebuffed calls to hand over the emails on the grounds the exchanges were part of internal administration deliberations.

But administration officials have complained that congressional Republicans in recent days have been leaking selective excerpts from the emails to buttress their argument that the talking points were manipulated for political purposes.

That complaint was a lie, straight from the mouth of Jay Carney.

Update: Well, the White House has just made things even worse. The released emails begin on September 14, three days after the attack. By then, both President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton had been blaming a movie for two days. The released emails are also heavily redacted.


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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All your squirrel!! are belong to us
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Am I the only one that thinks the WH has gone Schizophrenic with the number of scandals going on? I honestly believe they thought the IRS story, or maybe the AP story would get the heat off of them over Benghazi, except now those stories are too hot - so, the fall back is now Benghazi.

Look over here - no over here - wait over here!

Considering how Obama loses his cool when he's angry or stressed and there are so many conflicting stories going on- if Obama takes questions at 4pm things could get very interesting very quickly.
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