Senator Saxby Chambliss told reporters today that Obama’s nominee to head up the CIA was directly involved in crafting the dishonest talking points that Susan Rice used, blaming the terrorist attack on a “spontaneous demonstration.”
from the Hill:
President Obama’s pick to head the CIA was involved in crafting controversial talking points about last year’s attack in Benghazi, Republicans said Tuesday after viewing intelligence documents.
Lawmakers had vowed to block John Brennan’s nomination unless they got to see internal communications about how to describe the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Several said the email chain of several pages, which they’d been seeking for months, doesn’t change how they plan to vote either way.
“Brennan was involved,” Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said after the briefing. “It’s pretty obvious what happened.”
“At the end of the day it should have been pretty easy to determine who made the changes and what changes were made.”
He described an “extensive, bureaucratic and frankly unnecessary process” that led to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations publicly linking the attack to a peaceful protest gone awry. Republicans have accused the White House of twisting the talking points to avoid harming Obama’s national security reputation ahead of the November elections.
After today’s fiasco with Chuck Hagel’s confirmation to Secretary of Defense, I have no confidence that Republicans will block Brennan’s nomination. We just put a snake in the Pentagon. I see no reason to believe we won’t put one in at Langley as well.