Former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice gave a rather flippant answer after being asked about Benghazi by PBS Newshour’s Judy Woodruff on Wednesday:
Woodruff: What more is there that the [Obama] Administration has done or said that we’re not aware of right now?
Rice: Dang if I know. I mean honestly the administration has produced I think 25,000 pages of documents or 25,000 individual documents – supported, participated in, contributed to the investigations of seven I think different committees. We have had an accountability review board by a very distinguished group of outsiders. House and Senate committees have pronounced on this repeatedly. It’s hard to imagine what further will come of another committee.
Rice, who now serves as President Obama’s National Security Advisor, came under attack for her Sunday talk-show comments following the terrorist attack in Benghazi in 2012. While on those five Sunday shows, Rice claimed that according to their best information, the attacks resulted from a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Islamic video on YouTube.
The White House may have produced 25,000 documents, as Rice claims, but they have also left out key documents and information, as Judicial Watch discovered through their Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.
One of the most damning documents released recently was a memo from White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes to Rice and others showing that he helped coordinate her talking points for the Sunday appearances—a document that was redacted (partially blacked out) when presented to Congress, and ordered unredacted by a federal judge. This is proof that it doesn’t matter how many documents are turned over, but instead what’s important is the content of what is turned over.
The White House and Congressional Democrats have denounced the new select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks as being politically motivated, claiming that the matter has already been thoroughly investigated.
If they truly believe that the administration has nothing to hide, then why don’t they embrace the new committee so that they can put this issue behind them?