By Justin Sink - 05/16/13 03:30 PM EDT
"We’ve had several statements from Hillary Clinton saying she wasn’t involved. Well, now it turns out that her spokesman was involved," Paul told Fox News on Thursday.
Paul said emails released Wednesday by the White House revealed State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland expressing concerns over the political ramifications of certain disclosures.
The White House has maintained that the emails show both that the CIA drove the revision of the talking points, including the exclusion of references to al Qaeda and Islamic extremists. Documents released Wednesday show CIA officials raising concern about the inclusion of the language before the State Department does, and crossing out bullet points with that information.
But the emails also show the State Department repeatedly expressing concern over various revisions of the talking points.
One email dated Sept. 14 from a CIA official to the agency’s director states, “The White House cleared quickly, but State has major concerns.”
In another, Nuland emails the group revising the talking points to indicate that an initial round of edits that removed reference to al Qaeda — but not Islamic extremists — “didn’t resolve all my issues or those of my building leadership.”
Jake Sullivan, the former director of policy planning at the State Department, notes in a subsequent email that he had been told “we can make edits.”
Earlier this week, President Obama argued at a press conference that the debate was a "sideshow" because his administration stated shortly thereafter that the Benghazi attack was an act of terror. He also accused Republicans of pursuing their inquiries for political gains.
"Who executes some sort of cover-up or effort to tamp things down for three days?" Obama said. "So the whole thing defies logic. And the fact that this keeps on getting churned out, frankly, has a lot to do with political motivations. We've had folks who have challenged Hillary Clinton’s integrity, Susan Rice’s integrity, Mike Mullen and Tom Pickering’s integrity. It’s a given that mine gets challenged by these same folks. They’ve used it for fundraising."