What Difference Does It Make? State Dept. Officials E-mail About Benghazi Terrorist Attack on Sept. 11th and 12th

May 2, 2014

Representative Chaffetz (R, UT) has released e-mails from Beth Jones, former Assistant Secretary of State to Hillary Clinton at the time of the 2012 Benghazi attack. The emails document conversations from 5:55pm on Sept. 11 and 9:45am on Sept. 12, 2012, both referencing the attacks as terrorist led. These e-mails were received by current Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, National Security Advisor to the Vice President, Jake Sullivan, Deputy Secretary of State, William Burns, and Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman. You can read the e-mail directly from Representative Chaffetz’ web site here.

This demonstrates that the state department knew soon after the attack that an al Qaeda affiliate was responsible for the planned attack and that it was not a spontaneous protest-driven attack. We already know that the CIA knew this within days after the attack. When did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton know? When did President Obama know?

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