(Politico) White House press secretary Jay Carney says now that when he answered questions about what role the administration played in influencing the Benghazi talking points, he was talking only about a later version of the points and not the “deliberative process” that led to that version.
Carney was pummeled with questions Friday after emails surfaced showing the State Department and the White House weighed in on the points significantly more than he first suggested. He had said in November that the “single adjustment… made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate.”
The emails, first reported by the Weekly Standard and ABC News, show 12 revisions were made to the points after extensive input from the State Department and direction from the White House. As a result, references to an Al Qaeda affiliate and CIA warnings about terrorist threats preceding the attack were deleted.