NEW INFORMATION: Leading Republican challenges Benghazi testimony

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is denying that a staff member's email three days after the deadly attack on the U.S. mission at Benghazi, Libya, was about the attack.

   Republican lawmakers have branded the email as evidence the Obama administration sought to deceive the public about the true circumstances surrounding the deaths of four Americans during the final months of the 2012 presidential campaign.

   President Barack Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters Wednesday that the email was explicitly not about Benghazi but about the overall situation in the Muslim world.

   Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is calling the email a "smoking gun" that "shows political operatives in the White House working to create a political narrative at odds with the facts."

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee is challenging the Benghazi testimony of a retired general who said the military didn't do enough to stop the attack.

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon said in a statement Thursday that retired Brig. Gen. Robert Lovell did not have the insights of the operations on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.

McKeon said his committee's investigation found no evidence that the State Department delayed the decision to deploy the few resources it had available.

That contradicts Lovell's testimony delivered hours earlier before another House panel.

Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the attack.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A retired general says the U.S. should have done more to respond to the attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Lovell said Thursday that U.S. forces "should have tried" to get to the embassy in time to help save lives during the twin attacks on Sept. 11, 2012. He says the State Department should have made stronger requests for action. The State Department didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Lovell was monitoring the attack from U.S. Africa Command's headquarters in Germany. He says it was clear that the attack was hostile action.

The Obama administration initially suggested the attack stemmed from an anti-Islamic video, but later said that it was a terrorist attack.

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