Republicans charged Tuesday that an email in which a White House official advises former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to link the 2012 Benghazi attack to an anti-Muslim video confirms the linkage was fabricated to help President Barack Obama’s re-election.
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“This email is a smoking gun,” Sen. Lindsey Graham told Newsmax. “It shows political operatives in the White House working to create a political narrative at odds with the facts.
“Their goal was not to tell the truth about what actually happened,” Graham said Tuesday. “They did not want to provide the best information available.
“Instead, we were provided the most beneficial political story for President Obama.”
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte told “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren” on Fox News Channel: “We always said, ‘Where did the video reference come from?’ Now we know it came from the White House” and not the intelligence community.
Both Graham and Ayotte are members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. They have been among the many Republicans who have called for an independent investigation of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2012, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, including two former Navy SEALS.