GOP rep: White House misled on Benghazi due to election

Greg Nash

A GOP lawmaker who was part of the House Republicans’ investigation into the deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, said Tuesday that the Obama administration misled the public due to a looming election.
“Libya was supposed to be their shining foreign policy success story,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said on CNN’s “New Day.” “They were so invested in this and so committed to this, they didn’t look at the facts.” 
{mosads}Jordan suggested administration officials ignored security risks in Libya leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.
“The evidence shows, and shows rather strongly, that they misled the American people and said, ‘We can’t tell the truth, we can’t talk about how bad the security situation was, we can’t talk about the fact that this was a terrorist attack … so let’s say it was caused by the video,'” Jordan said.
“They stuck by that message publicly even though privately they were conveying the truth to everyone and saying it was a terrorist attack,” Jordan said, noting the attack came two months before an election.
U.S. officials said there was no actionable intelligence to prevent the attack.
Jordan said Tuesday that the report from the Select Committee on Benghazi itself was “about the facts” and that he helped write an addendum to explore the “why” surrounding the administration’s response.
Democrats have blasted the panel’s two-year investigation, given its focus involves former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
“The intel did change, but her statements didn’t,” Jordan said of Clinton on CNN, commenting on Clinton referring to an online video in explaining the attack.
“The one thing we conclude in our report is we didn’t seem to have the urgency that was needed. We didn’t move heaven and earth to get help to the people who were fighting for their lives and that’s a problem,” Jordan said.
The lawmaker also indicated Republicans are still looking for answers on Benghazi, with the Pentagon delivering documents to the House committee on Monday, a day before the report was slated to be released.
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