White House caught in a web of Benghazi lies?
Plot thickens over edited talking points
- Duration 7:21
- Date Nov 19, 2012
Plot thickens over edited talking points
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Information the best information in the best assessment we have today.
Is that in fact this was not a pre planned premeditated.
That what happened initially was it it was a spontaneous.
Reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo.
It as a consequence of the video.
Now wait just heard was the centerpiece of the White House -- -- -- talking points but as David Petraeus testified on Friday.
By the time -- Susan Rice appeared on five Sunday talk shows five days after the 9/11 attack to distribute misinformation.
About this YouTube video his agency had a ready -- guidance to the administration clearly identifying -- -- as a terrorist attack however.
From the time that guidance -- from the White House to the hands -- Susan Rice.
Well something had dramatically changed and references.
To this being the work of al-Qaeda had in fact been -- now spokesman for the national Security -- now denying that Obama aides had anything to do with this.
Quote apparent edit but the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee disagrees and says somebody inside the administration.
Had to have been responsible for altering these talking points watch -- Intelligence community had it right and they had it right early.
It went to this so called deputies committee that's populated by it appointees from the administration.
That's were the narrative changed.
Are the bottom line we you need to know who changed he's talking points -- -- -- more on that the author of the secrets the FBI chief Washington correspondent.
For -- -- dot com Ronald Kessler is back along with the former assistant secretary of defense bing west is with us as well.
All right this is very frustrating to me because I feel we've been like to.
Here we have this event happened.
Petraeus knows what happened.
The Libyan president told us within a day when it happened people on the ground told us what had happened that -- State Department watched in real time.
Five days after Susan Rice didn't know what happened and two weeks later the president couldn't say definitively was a terrorist attack is that plausible.
-- There's no reason to have the argument in a way because every day the president is given the daily brief by the CIA.
So -- one has to do one of these Intelligence Committees disable let me see the brief that the president received most days and it's either going to be in there parts not.
The problem as when the White House doesn't want to even reveal what was in the -- Any idea that they used mortars against us that night and somebody says it's a spontaneous -- it doesn't make sense.
It's I said that from day one so what -- and I said this Ronald run that in the beginning so we have a spontaneous event.
And they just happen to have mortars and RPG's -- bunch and -- firing all -- just spontaneously they had -- in their hip pocket.
And never made sense from the -- up.
You know you don't have to be sure like comes to figure this.
The it's clear that the CIA had the correct story.
It's clear that the White House put out these people they were represented in the White House the White House was calling the shots and the White House was trying to cover up the fact that there was -- a terrorist attack -- nine elevenths and if you doubt that look at what.
President Obama says several times trying to claim that a YouTube video -- involved so the president himself.
Was covering -- what the CI was was reported.
You see that this is key what you're saying you're saying is that the president himself also had -- of known.
There's no way that he didn't know term and that means he made the -- the conscious decision to mislead the American people that.
I wouldn't go that far because -- -- don't know the intervening.
All we should be able to do is say please just reveal the talking points that you -- given Mr.
President on the first day.
And track it from there so that.
One doesn't have to speculate want to say -- where is it because it's black and white.
The other thing the pro wouldn't they -- that if they edited the top ones because hundreds of people would know now.
That exists that document exists somewhere.
Have General Petraeus to CIA director has come out and said this is what I said.
I think he's not telling the truth and I don't believe that he would not tell the truth -- that document exists well the press.
-- -- -- run within an hour and eighteen minutes -- sitting in there with one of his generals he was sitting in there with Leon Panetta and they told them what was going on.
Any and then the whole series events president goes to sleep that 98.
It takes off to Vegas all these things happen.
And this is all now through the prism of an election.
Does -- have to be connected.
Well I think what we're seeing is the -- his nation of of intelligence where the CIA.
Tells -- truthful story and then the White House misleads.
The American people.
Just before the election and it's just.
As clear -- is as what's happening with.
The FBI investigation -- General Petraeus where.
The attorney general Eric Holder.
Claim that the FBI never shares any information about that its investigations.
Outside of the FBI.
Let's just totally untrue.
On a regular basis every week the FBI.
In the in the form of Mahler.
Meets with the president informs them of any sense of -- investigations.
Also on a quarterly basis the FBI meets with the Intelligence Committees of the ranking members and informs them of sensitive and investigations.
Including and I know for example three.
-- -- -- -- three congressman we'll never actually materialize into anything.
This is routine matter.
What is that plausible to you that Eric Holder knew.
-- early summer and didn't tell the press didn't tell the president.
When used investigating the director of the CIA who could be compromised.
-- to me.
That's not possible but the other thing -- on that people haven't focused on is that the president sent.
That during the firefight.
While -- ambassador was still -- it missing.
And he said that he directed the military to take all actions to save their lives.
That is called an actually -- order it exists on paper it's not just something there so that would exist or it has to exist.
At the same time one of the general said I never receive such a request so again one can simply say we'll show only there were written record.
What what what about her run in the end politically here.
That that they successfully.
Push this off -- after the election.
Now it it now I just can imagine all the truth is gonna come on.
-- it's clear to anybody with -- eyes to see that they were dishonest what happens from here.
Well and it's a good question especially on the FBI's side because.
FBI agents are shocked that it appears that politics has entered into FBI decisions on the timing on the investigation.
Just happens and on the very day.
After the election.
And during that time during those months.
Petraeus was left in office and could have been compromised -- them the blackmail.
And so the administration was taking a risk.
That that might happen and that's that is one of the most serious aspects of this whole matter -- tested to see you.
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