Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus wants to know if the Obama administration is “stonewalling” on releasing more documents related to the 2012 attacks in Benghazi in order to protect Hillary Clinton, a likely 2016 presidential candidate.
His comments come after the group Judicial Watch — through a Freedom of Information Act request — obtained an email indicating the White House was directly involved in crafting the now-debunked talking points on Benghazi.
Priebus wants to know if there are more documents that could reveal new information on the events surrounding the attacks – and if so – what is keeping the Obama administration from sharing them.
“If the White House felt this talking points memo was classified, what else don’t we know about Benghazi and is all of this stonewalling just to protect Hillary?” Priebus said in a statement released Wednesday.
The documents released Tuesday show Ben Rhodes, a top foreign policy aide in the White House, saying the goal of then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s now-infamous Sunday talk show appearances was to “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, not a broader failure of policy.”
That argument – that the attacks were caused by a video – was later proven false. Intelligence immediately indicated that terrorists were behind the attacks that left four Americans dead, including Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.