POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 8:28am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Inside emails show there was a lot of concern about what the public would hear, and lots of changes made from the C.I.A.'s original assessment of who was responsible.
Leaked emails now reveal that the talking points on the deadly Benghazi attack went through 12 revisions.
First, the C.I.A. blamed protesters.
Then a State Department spokeswoman questioned whether mentioning prior warnings would make her agency look bad.
Finally, the White House watered down the language, but says C.I.A. was responsible. "The C.I.A. was the agency that made changes to the talking points and then produced the talking points," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
"For the President's spokesman to say, well there was only words, or technical changes made in those emails, is a flat out untruth," said Senator John McCain, (R) Arizona
"To blame the C.I.A. is a convenient truth. The real truth is the people who were there in Tripoli and in Benghazi knew this was a terrorist attack from the get-go," said Rep. Darrell Issa, (R) California.
Issa says today he'll invite the co-chairs of the Benghazi review board to testify privately about why they didn't question Secretary of State Clinton. Because in fact we knew where the responsibility rested." Former U.S. Ambassador, Thomas Pickering.
Lawmakers say expect more whistleblowers like Gregory Hicks who told Congress last week he asked for more help during the attack, and was denied, but some question whether this investigation's headed in the right direction. "I would much rather get into investigation of the groups that threatened the U.S., how we can figure out who they are, and how we can stop them instead of debating how one memo was put together in the immediate days after the attack," said Rep. Adam-Smith, (D) Washington.
Then there's politics. Some Democrats claim Republicans are going after Clinton, a possible Presidential candidate.