Be prepared to be shocked. Here’s what Ben Rhodes wrote in an email after the initial confusion about what happened at the Benghazi diplomatic outpost and CIA base:
“All – Sorry to be late to this discussion. We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.
There is a ton of wrong information getting out into the public domain from Congress and people who are not particularly informed. Insofar as we have firmed up assessments that don’t compromise intel or the investigation, we need to have the capability to correct the record, as there are significant policy and messaging ramifications that would flow from a hardened mis-impression.
We can take this up tomorrow morning at deputies.
Outrageous political meddling to cover the State Department’s ass, right? Just as the Weekly Standard insinuated, right? Er, no. Tapper’s take-away:
Whoever leaked the inaccurate information earlier this month did so in a way that made it appear that the White House – specifically Rhodes – was more interested in the State Department’s concerns, and more focused on the talking points, than the e-mail actually stated.
Just an early, failing attempt to smear Hillary for 2016. Because the GOP has no relevant policies for our times, just politics.