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February 8, 2016

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi: Pelosi Dismisses Email as GOP ‘Subterfuge’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wanted to talk about immigration and the minimum wage at her weekly press conference on Thursday morning — not what she called the newest Republican attack line on the State Department’s response to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Asked by reporters more than once about revelations that the White House withheld certain documents from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the panel subpoenaed all relevant emails on the matter, the California Democrat threw up her hands.

“Diversion, subterfuge. Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. Why aren’t we talking about something else?” Pelosi asked.

“If you all want to sit around and talk about Benghazi, you can sit around and talk about Benghazi,” she said in her closing remarks. “The fact is that’s a subterfuge and they don’t want to talk about jobs, growth, immigration reform, voting rights, you name it.”

The GOP has reignited its call for answers on the Benghazi attack after an email surfaced as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative group Judicial Watch. The correspondence implicates a White House official with suggesting that the Obama administration underplay the extent to which it was responsible for the incident.

The email has become new ammunition for Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., as he leads the ongoing investigation into the incident that Democrats say has become nothing more than a partisan distraction from real issues.

But Issa has more than enough support from GOP leadership to buoy his efforts.

“For nearly two years, Congress and the American people have sought answers to important questions surrounding the attack on our mission in Benghazi,” Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said in a statement on Wednesday. “For nearly two years the White House has sought to avoid answering those questions. Now we know why it required a court order to finally force the White House to respond to those inquiries. The email from Ben Rhodes demonstrates the Obama Administration from the beginning misled Congress, the media and most importantly, the American people.”

  • Brenda Huddleston

    Pelosi and Carney have the ability to stand straight faced and lie even when the evidence screams out at them. You will never get the truth from these people!

  • sameolbs

    Wow…Pelosi lies very well; she must do it all the time because she’s really good at it.

  • Oak Ridge Curmudgeon

    Changing the subject won’t make WH lies go away. Ostrich behavior is a ruse.

  • Mickey Kovars

    Pelosi is scary — she seems really to believe her lies and deceptions.


    The Republican party has done a huge disservice to itself, for taking the position against the unemployment extension bill in the senate. With 2.6 Million angry potential voters having been affected by their refusal to pass the bill; the coming election will prove to be the Republican’s downfall. These families were left hung out to dry since late last December, and they will not forget the anguish that they have suffered because of it. Many of these families have become ruined financially, they have witnessed their credit being destroyed, they have faced evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness. How can they not forget which party was at fault for this? The Republicans have been using these families for political leverage, and bargaining chips, to further their party’s political agenda. They have shown their party’s true distain for the Average American family, and the suffering that these families have been going through being jobless without benefits to support their children. Senators like John Boehner are what makes the Republican party look bad in the people’s eyes. As a “FORMER” Republican of many years, I can honestly say that I will NEVER vote for another Republican again, and actively persuade my friends and family not to likewise. The Republican party will find itself VOTED OUT in the next election.

  • Steve

    Nancy Perplexi is amazing. She doesn’t “lie.” She is very sincere. Sincerely vacuous. She can throw rhetorical bombs, but those are written for her. Her bird brain really shows when she is winging it live. That’s when we see the real Perplexi. “We, uh, have to, us, pass the uh bill, so you can, uh, see what’s in it.” Priceless.
    I call her the “Frankenrep” because of all her plastic surgeries. Imagine all the zippers under her hairline. Or wig. On second thought, if you just ate, don’t…

  • Steve

    Keep in mind that she gets re-elected over and over. It isn’t because she’s really intelligent. She’s whacky, like the people in her district. She’s just an eccentric RICH old lady searching for significance among all her country-club elite friends.

  • Vorpal

    “The fact is that’s a subterfuge and they don’t want to talk about jobs, growth, immigration reform, voting rights, you name it.”

    b. hussein’s failed policies have led to all these things going down the toilet so you just keep up with your lib/prog/commie diversion and subterfuge nanc. We are onto to you all now…

    this is going to be fun!

  • Haymitch Abernathy

    Hussein Obama’s marxist delusions are a menace to mankind.

  • Bella

    Ms. Pelosi is all talk, no action. Best example? The Discharge Petition she came up with for the EUC Extension. She obviously read up on the current news, she should know how many last ditch efforts for votes the Republicans are generating on the subject of the EUC by claiming they support the bill and yet, her stupid DP still doesn’t have any Republicans’ signature. Screen cap, Nancy, then back them in a corner where you can tell them to put their money where their mouth is, duh!

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