Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, said White House spokesman Jay Carney’s explanation that a newly declassified email by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes had nothing to do with the attack on Benghazi “was the most offensive thing coming out of the White House in quite awhile.”
“The question as to whether or not this email relates to Benghazi was the most offensive thing coming out of the White House in quite awhile,” Graham said.
In the email, Rhodes explained that the “goal” was “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video and not a broader failure of policy.”
“I tell my colleagues that that was not a fact. That was not a fact. There was no evidence that these protests were rooted in an Internet video. In fact, the station chief before these talking points were made up sent a message: it’s ‘not, not a spontaneous demonstration,’” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who joined Graham on the Senate floor.
“That’s all about the presidential campaign. It’s not about trying to find out who perpetrated this heinous crime. It’s not about trying to respond to the people who committed these acts,” McCain added.
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