Benghazi emails suggest White House aide involved in prepping Rice for ‘video’ explanation

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April 30, 2014

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Newly released emails on the Benghazi terror attack suggest a senior White House aide played a central role in preparing former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice for her controversial Sunday show appearances — where she wrongly blamed protests over an Internet video.

More than 100 pages of documents were released to the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Among them was a Sept. 14, 2012, email from Ben Rhodes, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications.

The Rhodes email, with the subject line: “RE: PREP Call with Susan: Saturday at 4:00 pm ET,” was sent to a dozen members of the administration’s inner circle, including key members of the White House communications team such as Press Secretary Jay Carney.

In the email, Rhodes specifically draws attention to the anti-Islam Internet video, without distinguishing whether the Benghazi attack was different from protests elsewhere.

  • I Seigel

    I guess if you’ve got no policy agenda, no fresh ideas about creating jobs, making the tax system fairer, working to improve the situations in the Ukraine, Egypt and Palestine, etc, etc, you might as well go back to beating a dead horse that’s sure to “fire up the base”.

  • jdbixii

    The larger policy issue which ought to concern the State Department is whether, during periods of extreme instability, revolution, civil war and domestic unrest in foreign countries, attempts to normalize or maintain diplomatic relations are reasonable, given the security implications to Americans and other non-natives. All the posturing which has resulted since the Benghazi affair indicates that a more definitive approach is necessary.

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