Mother of slain officer accuses White House of telling ‘outright lies’

The mother of Sean Smith, one of the four foreign service officers killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, said Wednesday that she "begged" officials in the Obama Administration for information about her son's death, but believes she only been told “outright lies” about the details of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

"I begged them to tell me … what happened. I said I want to know all the details, all of the details no matter what it is, and I'll make up my own mind on it," Pat Smith told CNN. "And every one of them, all the big shots over there told me that -- they promised me, they promised me that they would tell me what happened."

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But Smith said after first receiving condolences from the president and other top-level cabinet officials, "not one person has ever, ever gotten back to me."

"Obama told me. Hillary promised me. Joe Biden — Joe Biden is a pressure. He was a real sweetheart. But he also told — they all told me that — they promised me. And I told them please, tell me what happened. Just tell me what happened," Smith said.

Sean Smith perished along with U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty in the attack on the American consulate.


Smith's mother said she told the Obama administration to "please don't give me any baloney that comes through with this political stuff."

"I don't want political stuff. You can keep your political, just tell me the truth [of] what happened," Smith said. "And I still don't know. In fact, today I just heard something more, that he died of smoke inhalation."

Asked by CNN host Anderson Cooper if she still did not know her son's cause of death, she said she didn't "even know if that's true or not."

"No, I don't. I don't know where. I look at TV and I see bloody hand prints on walls, thinking, my God, is that my son's? I don't know if he was shot. I don't know — I don't know. They haven't told me anything. They are still studying it. And the things that they are telling me are just outright lies," Smith said.

Smith also said that Obama administration officials, including U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta personally told her that her son's death was the result of a protest surrounding an anti-Islam film.

The State Department said Tuesday that there was not a protest proceeding the attack.

The Obama administration initially blamed the Benghazi violence on the Muslim protests against the anti-Islam film, an explanation that was questioned by many GOP lawmakers. The White House later said additional information showed that the attack had been planned.

Smith also said she told the president that he had "screwed up."

"I told Obama personally, I said, look, I had him for his first 17 years and then he went into the service, then you got him. And — I won't say it the way I said it. But I said you screwed up, you didn't do a good job, I lost my son," Smith said.

At the White House press briefing on Wednesday, press secretary Jay Carney said officials had initially spoken "based on the facts we knew at the time" and that the White House has always insisted "this was an ongoing investigation."

"This is a moving picture," Carney said, adding that "our sole interest — the president's sole interest — is to find out exactly what happened."

Mitt Romney’s campaign has also faced criticism for its handling of the Benghazi attack from a family member of one of the victims.

On Wednesday, Mitt Romney's campaign said he would no longer reference having met one of the former Navy SEALs who died in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi after a complaint from the slain soldier's mother.

On Tuesday, Romney began telling the story of a chance meeting with Glen Doherty, the former SEAL, at a Christmas party in San Diego.

But Tuesday night, Doherty's mother complained to the NBC affiliate in Boston that Romney was politicizing her son's death.

"I don't trust Romney," Barbara Doherty told WHDH-TV. "He shouldn't make my son's death part of his political agenda. It's wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama."