Benghazi Attackby Senator Harry Reid
Posted on 2013-05-16
REID. Mr. President, for months my Republican colleagues have
argued the Obama administration has engaged in a coverup regarding the
tragic events surrounding an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
The administration provided Members of Congress with over 100 pages of
e-mails--sent following that attack--during closed-door sessions. The
e-mails proved there was simply no coverup.
Yet Republicans, with full knowledge of these e-mails, claimed the White House was hiding the truth. Yesterday, the administration released even more e-mails to the public. This is only the latest effort by the administration to ensure transparency for the media and the public regarding this awful attack on Americans.
This new information came out for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that we know the press corps spent most of the past week chasing a story based on an e-mail that didn't exist. It was fabricated by a Republican aide and then reported as fact. It is a sad commentary that Republicans are so dead set on embarrassing the President, the Foreign Service, the CIA, and our military they would actually lie to a news organization about the contents of an e-mail and let that news organization report their lies as facts.
The attack on Benghazi is an issue of life and death. We should be focused on tracking down the terrorists who committed this act and bringing them to justice, not on smear politics and false scandals. I hope the media will realize they were fed a false bill of goods and be more skeptical next time.