... and the Spin continues
WASHINGTON - The top Republican in Congress demanded on Thursday that the Obama administration release emails about its handling of last year’s deadly attack in Libya, after a dramatic congressional hearing breathed life into the party’s accusations of negligence and cover-up.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner called on the White House to order the State Department to make public more internal emails sent after the killings in Benghazi of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Boehner’s remarks kept up pressure a day after the hearing - dismissed by Democrats as mostly partisan posturing - won front-page headlines following months of Republican accusations that Washington failed to respond quickly enough to the assault by suspected Islamist militants on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.
“Last November, the president said he was ’happy to cooperate in any way Congress wants,’” Boehner told a news conference. “This is his chance.”
Republican critics believe the emails could reveal evidence that the administration initially tried to play down the assault in Benghazi as stemming from spontaneous demonstrations by Libyans, as opposed to being a planned militant operation.
The emails are believed to detail senior diplomats’ views of who was behind the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks and how administration officials discussed ways to present the incident to the public.
The State Department said it had already been working with Congress to provide the emails it wants - a process complicated by secrecy rules.
Republicans have been complaining loudly about the Benghazi attack for eight months, often without much attention in the mainstream media.