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Good evening I'm Chris Wallace in for -- fair.
The Obama administration is in full damage control mode tonight over suddenly exploding scrutiny.
Of how would explain the bank Ghazi attack to the American people.
The president's spokesman endured -- relentless grilling from reporters about why the administration's talking points on buying -- were changed.
A dozen times chief Washington correspondent James Rosen is here with today's dramatic developments.
Good evening James.
Chris good evening tonight under a microscope as never before the Obama administration's.
-- of four secret deliberations about how top officials should describe Ben Ghazi -- lawmakers and the American people.
When a presidential election was looming on the horizon.
At the White House reporters bombarded Press Secretary Jay Carney with questions about the interagency process that scrub the Ben -- talking points of multiple references -- originally contained to al-Qaeda terrorism and Islamic extremists disclosures that called into question -- insistence on Wednesday.
But the White House and only made one small stylistic change.
The points went further in assigning responsibility than preliminary assessment suggested.
And there was concern about preserving the integrity of the investigation that concern.
Was expressed and other quarters not just -- the State Department.
The mates when he issue of the weekly standard sites and email that then CIA director General David Petraeus sent to CIA's legislative affairs chief chip Walter on Saturday September 154 days after the attacks.
In which Petraeus is said to have expressed frustration and the Obama administration systematic removal all references to Islamic terrorists -- -- from the talking points.
GIA had -- the day before I respect that the people who spoke up in the course of these hearings.
You know they were there they they've felt the horror of that terrorist attack.
And and obviously it's emotional but I hate to see it turned into a pure.
That it really doesn't tell us anything new about the facts.
Separately ABC news' Jonathan Karl reports having obtained twelve versions of the Ben Ghazi talking points.
According to that report when an early CIA draft list of the many instances prior to 9/11 when the agency issued warnings about the deteriorating security situation in Bengals -- Then State Department spokeswoman Victoria -- and emailed her interagency colleagues to say.
The early CIA draft could be abused by members of congress to beat up the state department for not paying attention to warnings so why would we -- -- feed that either concerned.
When the revised documents still included references to the culpability of the al-Qaeda linked group on -- Sharia.
-- and reportedly sent another email this time warning we don't want to prejudice the FBI investigation.
At that point ABC said an as yet unidentified National Security Council official pushed back telling -- and the FBI did not have major concerns with the points and offered only a couple minor suggestions.
-- and is said to have insisted the changes were not sufficient to address the concerns of quote my buildings leadership.
S State Department spokesman declined to say who -- and had in mind.
The White House also appeared to reject calls by house speaker John Boehner to release to the public.
Unclassified emails that lawmakers read from at Wednesday's explosive house oversight hearing on Ben Ghazi.
Jay Carney saying that those documents and much more -- have already been made available to the relevant the lawmakers and the speaker Boehner.
-- -- I just for a moment today's White House briefing stirred memories of Watergate and Iran Contra when presidential spokesman came under similar fire.
I want to play some of the back and forth between Jay Carney and the press corps.
-- -- -- you told us that the only change the remains were stylistic visited stylistic change to take out all references to previous terror -- and well I.
I appreciate the question again and and I think that what I was referring to was the talking points that the CIA drafted.
And sent around.
To which one changes made it and and and I -- except it's stylistic may not precisely describe the change of one word to another.
Let's Samantha Morton a note on the -- You underwent extensive.
After they were written by the CIA.
These were concerns raised by the State Department and the White House directed the inner agency process to.
52 to use in making his pocketbooks well I think -- I -- original version included references to al-Qaeda and references to help answer -- Islam.
This Shia ritual CIA version included extensive.
Discussion of the previous threats of terrorist attacks in Benghazi those were taken out after the CIA -- -- special draft.
And in the CIA wrote another draft.
At these postings are well -- but you just what I've been saying yeah.
No -- what I'm saying is cannot answer this question several times now but I'm happy to answer again if you let me answer.
And that is that.
There was an interagency process which is always the case because a lot of agencies have -- have a stake in a matter like this the investigative agency the CIA intelligence agencies that.
The State Department in this case the national security staff.
And everybody -- provided information and comment and then on Saturday morning CIA said.
You know we're gonna take a crack -- drafting these points based on what we now -- knowledge that your.
It was somebody sent me.
I think it's important to examined now the information again that we provided congress months ago which they've chosen for political reasons to -- today.
Which is their prerogative I suppose but the the fact is -- White House's involvement to the talking points that were generated by the CAF Saturday was to make this single change suggest distinguishing important initially and say Friday night White House officials.
-- -- It turns.
Why not offer that patient.
There is -- and intent here.
Didn't do anything but answer the questions the questions were related to did the -- is is the Republican accusation that a group is very excited about at the time.
Did did -- that White House.
Change the intelligence community's assessment of what happened in the White House tell the intelligence community to say that there were demonstrations.
And the under reported fact.
Of all the revelations today is that these documents bear out what we settle -- long answers now.
The answer is now.
Let's map this out because we're not sure is cute phrase -- let's pop this out we don't want to criticize our political.
-- is that not political -- well again I would I I think the state farm has addressed.
It is spokespersons offices you know concerns about this but they focused on.
You know not assigning responsibility prematurely before him based on preliminary assessments that.
By you know experience and definition we're likely to change.
And that we not use language that was inconsistent with what.
You know administrative that members of congress not be deploying.
Information about this that.
Again wasn't based on what we knew or believed to be true -- that other administration officials.
Had been using.
And I'm -- boundaries really -- well everybody doesn't basically.
Democrats win back your hand count us and you can be different she's moving we're -- -- don't think encourages the idea that you had something.
You're calling him into the background there wasn't there something you see you wanna -- Not at all there's nothing it anyway that was an effort to we do periodically get to.
To walk people through you know yeah well we knew with regularity which I'm happy to do for as long as you want here.
You know ten sites out -- that White House briefing room for six years of the Reagan administration.
During Iran Contra part of that.
Why don't supporters don't like it that they feel they were misled by the person standing behind that podium and what you saw today was a bunch of White House reporters mainstream as well as fox.
Who felt they've been misled.
Well and it's no secret Chris that the Obama administration for a long time now has had a basic problem on Ben Ghazi in terms of what he knew and when about the attacks and what it said.
And when about the attacks the most recent of these problems is -- Corning's insistence on Wednesday that.
But what -- only made one stylistic change these talking points late in the game but the documents a raid by the weekly standard.
-- BC news.
And publish over the past week show that the deputy national security advisor apple White House Ben Rhodes.
Was an early participant got in this process.
On Friday September 15.
In and that he'll wind up with Victoria -- when the State Department spokeswoman in a way that -- to accelerate the scrubbing of the talking points not slow -- down.
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