Rep. Miller: Report Indicates the Administration Put Forward False Narrative on Benghazi

May 10, 2013 Issues: Defense and Homeland Security

Harrison Township, MI – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following comments regarding obtained White House emails suggesting that extensive edits were made to the Benghazi September 11, 2012 attack talking points used by Administration officials.  The ABC News report: Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference obtained emails showing a number of different versions of these talking points, essentially removing significant pieces of information from the initial drafts prepared by intelligence agencies.  Miller said:

“It has been eight months since the attack on our U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the killing of Ambassador Stevens, and U.S. security personnel Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.  It has been eight months and we are still asking questions about this attack because it has become more and more apparent that the Administration and State Department have not been forthcoming on what happened that day and the American people have a right to know the facts about this terrorist attack. 

“The ABC News report out today indicates that clearly the Administration and State Department changed the talking points in an effort to deliberately create a false narrative about what actually happened.  These scrubbed talking points were then presented by UN Ambassador Susan Rice to the American people; subsequently misleading the people on the facts by saying this was some sort of spontaneous demonstration in response to a YouTube video instead of what was clearly a terrorist attack with the intent to kill Americans.  The Congress and the American people are demanding to know what happened in Benghazi and our nation deserves transparent facts.”