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Obama: Benghazi probe a political 'sideshow'

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“The whole issue of talking points, frankly, throughout this process has been a sideshow,” Obama said during a joint White House press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. “The fact that this keeps getting churned out, frankly, has a lot to do with political motivations.”

Obama’s comments were his first public remarks on Benghazi since a congressional hearing last week where three State Department whistle-blowers testified.

GOP lawmakers are investigating whether the administration deployed all resources in the region to protect Americans during the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the drafting of talking points afterward that incorrectly blamed the violence on a spontaneous mob.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday said he believed there had been a “cover-up” of the administration’s handling of the deadly assault, which claimed four American lives.

A visibly exacerbated Obama sought to put those charges to rest on Monday.

Obama said he sent his own National Counterterrorism Center director, Matthew Olsen, to testify that the attack was terrorism perpetuated by Islamist extremists only days after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice incorrectly described it as spontaneous violence.

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