CNN's John King: 'Risky' for Democrats to Downplay Benghazi Email

Friday, 02 May 2014 11:39 AM

By Melanie Batley

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It is "risky" and "dangerous" for Democrats to downplay the revelations this week about the Obama administration's public handling of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, a CNN panel of experts says.

"You talk to Republicans on the Hill, and they will keep pressing the points," Politico's Anna Palmer observed on the panel hosted by CNN's John King on Friday. "You see the Democrats, and they are simply saying – they are trying to make light of it almost."

"I don’t know whether that’s going to probably almost inflame the right even more," she added.

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"Risky," King agreed. "Risky to make light of it. An ambassador and three other Americans died in Benghazi."

New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin agreed that the "eye-rolling manner" on display from Democrats now has been present in private for some time.

"I agree," Martin said. "It is dangerous because of the sort of very grave nature of what happened there."

The comments came after emails emerged this week that the White House produced talking points aimed at convincing the public that the attack was a spontaneous protest in response to a YouTube video, despite earlier evidence from transcripts that the administration had been told on the night of the incident that it was a terrorist attack.

In response, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared to downplay the revelations.

"Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi," Pelosi told reporters Thursday. "Why aren't we talking about something else?"

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, meanwhile, appeared to overlook the seriousness of the matter by accusing Republicans of playing politics.
 
Republican lawmakers this week slammed the administration over the revelations. GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is leading the Benghazi congressional investigation, described the email as "disturbing," "criminal," and "Nixonian."



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