The explosive emails revealing how then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was coached by White House brass on how to falsely explain the Benghazi attack prove the Obama administration has been blatantly lying, says Chris Farrell, of Judicial Watch, which broke the story.
Just as disturbing, says Farrell, the non-profit watchdog's director of investigations and research, is that House Speaker John Boehner has done virtually nothing to go after the truth.
"It's the documentation that people have been waiting for for more than 19 months. We have four dead Americans, a national crisis really surrounding this embarrassment of foreign policy failure, an administration that's lied repeatedly, and here's the absolute documentation," Farrell told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"These are their records produced to us under . . . a lawsuit in federal court to produce these records to us . . . You can see who is writing to who and when, and this is their language. People lie, records don't," he said Wednesday.
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Among the 41 State Department documents obtained by Judicial Watch is an email
showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other administration public relations officials devising a campaign to "reinforce" President Barack Obama's explanation of the attack.
Infamously, Rice appeared on several Sunday talk shows blaming an Internet video critical of Muslims for the attack — a claim that later proved false.
In the email, Rhodes — who is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes — outlined "goals" for Rice to meet in explaining the attack and protests occurring across the Middle East.
One goal was "to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video and not a broader failure of policy," and another was "to reinforce the president and administration's strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, one of the recipients, has pooh-poohed the email.
"They can try and backpedal and spin, but this is what Ben Rhodes . . . had to say. They're trying to spin it," Farrell said.
"This is Rhodes trying to synchronize the message. Get everybody on board, [so] everybody has their talking points . . . everybody [is] singing on the same sheet of music.''
Carney said on Wednesday that the coaching session was about other attacks in the region and "not explicitly" about Benghazi.
Farrell wasn't buying it.
"He's a liar. Let me put it in plain terms that everyone can understand: he's a liar," Farrell said.
"He's spinning and he's twisting and he's desperately backpedaling from documentary evidence that shows that a chief political operative inside the White House was trying to orchestrate a cover story, and now the cover has been blown.
"It's a cover-up and the cover-up has been blown and they're frantic. They're desperate."
But Farrell said there has been little effort by the Republican House majority to attack the administration on the Benghazi cover-up.
"There is no leadership in the House, certainly. In the Senate, there are people who are making noise, like [South Carolina Sen. Lindsey] Graham and [New Hampshire Sen. Kelly] Ayotte and others. But they're in a minority position, so they're basically howling in the wind," he said.
"Boehner is AWOL and [Rep. Mike] Rodgers [of Michigan] is already dead on arrival. He has announced that he's resigning. He's not going to make a run for re-election."
Why the silence?
"A large part of the problem [is] . . . the guys who are briefed on all of these clandestine operations that occurred, and of course there was clandestine activity going on in Benghazi, that's why there was the CIA based there . . . have guilty knowledge.
"They know more about what was going on in Libya, and Benghazi in particular, than they're willing to let on to the general public," he said.
Farrell added, "Essentially it was an arms trafficking operation to Syria with Libyan weapons . . . they're all briefed on this stuff."
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