White House spokesman Jay Carney on Thursday continued to blame Republicans for trying to “politicize” Benghazi, repeating the claim that the newly declassified e-mail sent by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes on Sept. 14, 2012 had nothing to do with the attacks on the U.S. consulate.

“When Darrell Issa gets up and says what he said today, I don’t know, you guys be the judge,” Carney said in response to a reporter challenging Carney’s assertion that the congressional investigation into the Benghazi attacks was politically motivated.

During a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Thursday on the successes and failures of U.S. intervention in Libya, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called it “disturbing and perhaps criminal that these documents – that documents like these – were hidden by the Obama administration from Congress and the public alike.”

The Rhodes e-mail, which was sent three days after the attack on the consulate and declassified and released recently, was obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request and should have been turned over a year and a half ago, Issa said at the hearing.

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