Last Friday I wrote about how the White House had sent a letter to Congress that said that Barack Obama didn’t make one single phone call on the night of September 11, 2012 as the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were taking place. Well just how the narrative on Benghazi has changed over and over with this administration, they have changed their story again. Now, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that Obama called then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at approximately 10pm EST on the night of the Benghazi attacks.
CNS News reports,
That was more than six hours after the attacks started, more than an hour before Tryone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed--and about the time that Clinton first released a statement linking the attacks to “inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” a reference to an anti-Muslim video on YouTube.
“Like every president before him, he has a national security adviser and deputy national security adviser,” Carney told CNSNews.com on Tuesday. “He was in regular communication with his national security team directly, through them, and spoke with the secretary of state at approximately 10 p.m. He called her to get an update on the situation.”
Carney was responding to questions from CNSNews.com about who Obama communicated with on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012. Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the Senate Armed Services Committee they first notified the president of the attack during a Sept. 11, 2012 meeting that began at 5 p.m. and ran for about 30 minutes. They also told the committee they did not talk to Obama or anyone else at the White House after that meeting.
The Washington Times made clear that, "The White House has said Mr. Obama was kept up to date on the attack by his staff, though after being alerted to the attack in a pre-scheduled afternoon meeting he never spoke again with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin E. Dempsey or then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton."
It was on that night the Secretary Clinton released a statement on the attack in Benghazi in which she linked an anti-Muslim video as the cause of it. “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet," Clinton said. "The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”
CNS confirmed with several news outlets, including the Associated Press, Reuters, and FactCheck.org, about the timing of their stories about Clinton's statement. The stories hit the wire within the hour of Clinton's statement being made public around 10pm.
I'm wondering how much longer the Senate Armed Services Committee is going to put up with the blatant lying of this White House and it's administration before they have had enough. In fact, I'm wondering when the American people are going to seriously burn up the White House phone lines demanding an end to this nonsense and real accountability, responsibility and punishment for all involved in what is becoming more clearly understood to be a cover-up in which American citizens died.