Palin Criticizes Obama Administration on Benghazi

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Monday, 05 May 2014 09:37 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took to Facebook over the weekend to slam "Team Obama" for covering up events related to the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Linking to a Friday Newsmax story, "Rep. Gowdy: 'I Have Evidence' of Benghazi Cover-Up," Palin, a onetime vice presidential nominee said the Obama administration continues to lie about what happened on Sept. 11, 2012, at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

"You lied again, Team Obama, but light shall shine on what's hidden in Washington's darkness with Republican lawmakers' laser-like focus on the truth," Palin said. "America deserves nothing less."



In her post, Palin also lauded South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, who is House Speaker John Boehner's pick to head a select committee that will be conducting further investigation into the Benghazi attacks.

Boehner announced his plans after Judicial Watch in April released an email it obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, showing that White House national security official Ben Rhodes instructed administration officials to "underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."

While the Obama administration maintains that Rhodes was speaking about protests that were going on in many parts of the Middle East in the late summer of 2012 and not specifically about Benghazi, Republicans are calling the email a "smoking gun" that shows the administration was controlling the news of the attack in the remaining weeks before Obama's re-election that November.

Palin, on Facebook, joined in on Republicans' call for a further investigation into the attacks and lauded Gowdy and others for pushing the investigation forward.

"With gravel in his gut and pit bull tenacity THIS is what America needs," said Palin. "Thank you, Congressman Trey Gowdy and others who are determined to avenge the murders of our brave Americans in Benghazi, and will also prove the insulting, sinful Obama Administration Benghazi cover-up."

Gowdy, a former prosecutor in his second term of office in the House, has been pushing for answers into the Benghazi attacks since the weeks after they happened. That November, he called for President Barack Obama to testify in Congress about the administration’s handling of the Benghazi killings.

Obama had been defending the conduct of then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in the affair, saying if Republicans are upset about it, "go after me." That led Gowdy to offer a challenge to the president on Fox News.

"Instead of taking up for Susan Rice, I'll make a deal with the president. You come in her place and answer questions," he said.

On Friday, Gowdy said he has evidence of a "systematic, intentional" effort by the Obama administration to withhold documents from Congress about Benghazi.

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