It turns out that the “evidence” provided by Republicans to show that the Obama administration watered down the facts about the Benghazi attack were (to put it bluntly) lies. For example, an email from White House security advisor Ben Rhodes said:
We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.
But the Republican version of the email said:
We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation.
adding the phrase about the State Department to make it look like the White House was trying to protect Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In another quote, Republicans changed things to make it look like the White House orchestrated changes to the talking points. But looking at the real emails shows, as CBS News put it “There is no evidence that the White House orchestrated the changes.”
This is the scandal that Republicans claim is “worse than Watergate”? Not only is it a tempest in a teapot, it sure looks like the Republicans manufactured the tempest. Where’s the guy who now stands up to the GOP and says “you lie!”?