Bachmann Grills Former CIA Leader Over Benghazi Cover Up

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The CIA and White House worked together to cover up what happened in Benghazi.

The CIA and White House worked together to cover up what happened in Benghazi.

Washington, D.C. —  On April 2, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) questioned former acting CIA Director Mike Morell during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Bachmann is a GING-PAC endorsed Congresswoman.

BACHMANN: Mr. Chair, thank you. Mr. Morell. On September 11, we know that there’s a fair amount of activity that was going on at the compound that day in Benghazi. Chris Stevens was active that day; the Turkish ambassador had come to visit Ambassador Stevens at the compound that day. We know from eyewitness testimony on the ground, contemporaneous in time, from the RSO who was there, that the Turkish ambassador, when he was there and all through the day, there were no sightings, no indication in any way of any gathering of any protesters around the compound, around Benghazi.

There was close circuit television; there was the February 17th brigade. There were people there offering security. No one at any time, prior to the attack, gave any indication that there was a protest going on at the compound. The RSO himself said there was nothing going on at the compound. The Chief of Station in Tripoli had no indication of any protest going on. The political officers had no indication of anything going on. The GRS officers coming from the annex over, no one, anyone involved in this situation, no one had any indication of a protest going on and yet, the Obama administration allowed its spokesman for the first time and the first public disclosure, five times on the Sunday morning shows, made a false narrative that a YouTube video was the reason that explained that there were protesters that we now know were apparitions that never existed were there.

This is a false narrative. That is why this is not a small issue this is a big issue, Mr. Morell. Because we have emails in front of us, cables in front of us that don’t lie. That’s not a conspiracy. And the emails and the cables are very clear about what we knew and when we knew it.

We know that while the attack was going on, that there was already from the State Department at 4:05 p.m., an alert that was put out from the State Department that the compound was under attack.

The second was at 6:08 p.m., that Ansar al Sharia, an al Qaeda linked terrorist group operating in Libya claimed credit for the attack. we also know that a cable that was sent on September 12th, by CIA station chief in Libya reported, eyewitnesses confirmed the participation of Islamic militants and made clear that U.S. facilities in Benghazi had come under attack, even your first draft from the CIA prepared, distributed internally showed, this was 11:15 a.m., we have date stamps on it, that the CIA and the U.S. government knew that Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qaeda participated in the attack. All of that we knew.

What changed is when the talking points, prepared again by your office, when those talking points intersected with the White House and those organizations within the White House, included senior State Department officials, senior national security officials–all of those that you talked to us about, Robert Cardillo, Lisa, Matt, Ben–the only change that happened were senior White House officials.

And we know from the emails, particularly from Victoria Newland, that has been referenced by my colleagues from the date stamped time against at 9:24 p.m., she wrote that the problem remains. Her superiors were unhappy. The changes that were made did not resolve my issues or those of my building leadership. We also know Ben Rhodes from the national security foreign policy further advised the group, issues will be resolved in a meeting with meeting administration officials the following morning at the White House. At the White House. Saturday. Before Ms. Rice went on the Sunday morning shows.

Read the rest of this transcript on Congresswoman Bachmann’s web site: VIDEO: Bachmann Challenges Former Acting CIA Director on Misleading Benghazi Talking Points | Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.


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