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Chambliss seeks to declassify Benghazi e-mails

Monday, May 13, 2013 7:52 PM
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U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss said on Monday that he plans to ask the CIA to declassify all e-mails surrounding the Benghazi, Libya, attacks in an attempt to make the investigation into last year’s assault a national security issue and not a “political exercise.”

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U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss,who will be retiring at the end of his current term, addresses concerns about the news of the IRS intentionally targeting conservative groups during an interview in Augusta on Monday, May 13, 2013.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss,who will be retiring at the end of his current term, addresses concerns about the news of the IRS intentionally targeting conservative groups during an interview in Augusta on Monday, May 13, 2013.

Chambliss’ announcement comes a week after leaked e-mails showed that State Department leaders suggested changes to the official talking points crafted for the Sept. 11 incident, including the deletion of mentions of specific terrorist groups.

“I think the American people deserve to have all the information laid out there for them to make their own judgment,” Chambliss, R-Ga., said in an interview with The Augusta Chronicle.

The attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

President Obama defended his administration Monday against allegations that it tried to disguise the Benghazi attack as a spontaneous riot instead of an act of terrorism – charges that Obama dismisses as little more than a “political circus.”

“The whole thing defies logic,” Obama said at a White House event. “And the fact that this whole thing keeps getting churned out, frankly, has a lot to do with political motivations.”

The vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Chambliss had a different take, saying that the e-mails “begged the question” of a cover-up and that he plans to talk “off the record” with the three whistleblowers who testified before Congress on the details of the attacks.

“You are going to see others in the State Department and the intelligence community come forward with direct, first-hand knowledge of what happened,” said Chambliss, who has sat on three of the four investigative hearings concerning Benghazi.

Chambliss said Monday that the Benghazi attacks “rank up there with every terrorist attack the U.S. has ever had” and that the president should strive to get to the bottom of the matter, instead of “sloughing it off” as off the topic.

“I don’t know whether to say he is lying or attempting to politicize the issue ... but he knew it was a terrorist attack,” Chambliss said. “I know what the CIA told me, and it was pretty clear it was a terrorist attack.”

Associated Press reports were used in this article.

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Blasphemy
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Blasphemy 05/13/13 - 09:10 pm
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A little late in the game to bring your balls!

There is no need to wonder how we have arrived at our current position in the world. It is because Republicans have failed us repeatedly. It's so easy to quote Reagan. Apparently most Republicans find it difficult to go beyond that in seeking to establish their conservative credentials. Both our senators should be ashamed and I never thought I would say that about Johnny. I've supported him since his days in the Georgia House.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/13/13 - 10:32 pm
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It wasn't hard to figure out

It wasn't hard to figure out what was going on with Benghazi very early on.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/13/13 - 11:54 pm
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I think the press is finally

I think the press is finally getting to the point of looking real bad carrying water for Obama, and are ready to start calling it more fairly. The wiretapping of the AP may be the straw that breaks the 4.5 yr. liplock they've had on his butt.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/14/13 - 07:42 am
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If that doesn't do it "nuthin" will

The wiretapping of the AP may be the straw that breaks the 4.5 yr. liplock they've had on his butt.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/14/13 - 07:44 am
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What defies logic is

Changing the talking points 12 times!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/14/13 - 07:46 am
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I agree with this Chambliss

Chambliss said Monday that the Benghazi attacks “rank up there with every terrorist attack the U.S. has ever had

To deny that is like saying the Boston bombers went on a picnic that day.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/14/13 - 08:43 am
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Sounds Great, makes a good news bite

But don't expect to see them in our life time.
Or the real ones IF we do.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 05/14/13 - 09:18 am
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Bon voyage Chambliss !!!! What a joke!!!
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The poster boy for "southern career politician". My job is to Get reelected, get reelected, get reelected.

maryhamm
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maryhamm 05/14/13 - 09:20 am
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Dear Saxby - where was your

Dear Saxby - where was your voice when it was "discovered" there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The lives lost in Iraq outnumber by thousands the lives lost in Benghazi and yet there was silence from you and your party. The hypocrisy is amazing.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/14/13 - 09:34 am
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Good

Go, Saxby!

chrishardy
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chrishardy 05/14/13 - 09:42 am
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hey Saxby, that's pretty

hey Saxby, that's pretty slick: you "PLAN" to ask the CIA, huh? when exactly do you PLAN on doing this? why haven't you done so already? how about acting first and THEN doing interviews on what you've actually DONE?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/14/13 - 03:10 pm
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Maryhamm, where were you when
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Maryhamm, where were you when the WMD's WERE found?

http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=15918

KSL
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KSL 05/14/13 - 03:36 pm
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Maryhamm has not heard they

Maryhamm has not heard they were shipped to Syria in expectation of war with the US.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/14/13 - 03:39 pm
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Amazing how long the "no
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Amazing how long the "no WMD's in Iraq" lie is being repeated....even when you show them papers from the DOD that say otherwise.

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