Romney weighs in on Washington controversies
May 18th, 2013
11:36 AM ET
1 year ago

Romney weighs in on Washington controversies

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Friday and weighed in on the barrage of controversies plaguing the White House in recent weeks.

The former Massachusetts governor said he's “over” the election but is "not a fan of the president." He said a special counsel should be appointed to investigate the Obama administration and the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
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Filed under: 2013 • IRS • Jay Leno • Libya • Mitt Romney • Obama administration • Washington D.C.
May 17th, 2013
08:05 PM ET
1 year ago

King: Republicans dig in for long haul on Benghazi

Washington (CNN) – For all the unanswered questions about the Benghazi attack and the Obama administration crisis management in the hours and days after, this much is certain: The GOP-led investigations will carry over from spring into summer and likely beyond.

Five separate House committees are investigating facets of the attack and its aftermath, and the five chairmen compared notes on Thursday at a meeting organized by House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

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Filed under: Libya • Republicans
Issa issues subpoena for co-chair of Benghazi review board
May 17th, 2013
04:01 PM ET
1 year ago

Issa issues subpoena for co-chair of Benghazi review board

(CNN) – The ongoing dispute over how and where to debate the independent review of last September's attack in Benghazi continued Friday with the subpoena of the review board's co-chair to be deposed by congressional investigators.

Thomas Pickering, a former ambassador, has said he would prefer to testify in a public hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform rather than submit to a private interview, but the panel's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, wants the meeting behind closed doors before any open session.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Libya
May 16th, 2013
06:45 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul: Hillary’s 'fingerprints' all over talking points

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul continued his blitz against Hillary Clinton, arguing Thursday the former secretary of state was involved in changing the Benghazi talking points, despite recently-released e-mails indicating she did not have a direct role in the matter.

The Republican senator of Kentucky–who’s considering a 2016 presidential bid–said that because her spokeswoman at the time, Victoria Nuland, was engaged in the editing process for the talking points, then Clinton must be implicated, as well.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Libya • Rand Paul • TV-The Situation Room
May 16th, 2013
02:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama seeks bigger diplomatic security budget

(CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Congress Thursday to fully fund administration requests for additional diplomatic security measures in the wake of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The requests include increasing the number of Marine guards dispatched to protect facilities around the world, Obama said.

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Filed under: Libya • President Obama • State Department
First on CNN: Pickering, Mullen request public Benghazi hearing
May 16th, 2013
07:29 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Pickering, Mullen request public Benghazi hearing

(CNN) – In a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa exclusively obtained by CNN, the co-chairmen behind an independent review of September's deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, expressed irritation over the House Oversight Committee chairman's portrayal of their work and requested he call a public hearing at which they can testify.

"The public deserves to hear your questions and our answers," wrote former U.S. ambassador, Thomas Pickering and retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen. Both are co-chairmen of the Accountability Review Board that was convened to investigate the September 11 attack.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Libya
May 15th, 2013
05:22 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: White House releases Benghazi e-mails

(CNN) - The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in a bid to quell critics who say President Barack Obama and his aides played politics with national security following the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The e-mails detail the complex back and forth between the CIA, State Department, and the White House in developing unclassified talking points that were used to underpin a controversial and slow-to-evolve explanation of events last September 11.


Filed under: Libya • The Lead • White House
Former W.H. spox sets scene for talking points changes
May 15th, 2013
04:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Former W.H. spox sets scene for talking points changes

(CNN) - A former spokesman for the National Security Council is offering new insights into how and why administration talking points on last September's attack in Benghazi were altered.

Tommy Vietor, who left the administration earlier this year, wrote in an e-mail to journalists Wednesday that various agencies editing and revising talking points was routine, and that Republican allegations the changes were politically charged are "just silly."

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Filed under: Libya • White House
Chaffetz doesn’t rule out impeachment for Obama
May 14th, 2013
08:46 PM ET
1 year ago

Chaffetz doesn’t rule out impeachment for Obama

(CNN) – Rep. Jason Chaffetz reiterated Tuesday that the impeachment of President Barack Obama is possible as the White House faces scrutiny over its role in responding to the terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

“Look, it's not something I'm seeking,” the Republican congressman from Utah said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” “It's not the endgame; it's not what we're playing for. I was simply asked, is that within the realm of possibilities, and I would say ‘yes.’ I'm not willing to take that off the table. But that’s certainly not what we’re striving for.”
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Filed under: Jason Chaffetz • Libya • President Obama • Utah
May 14th, 2013
07:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama struggles with rocky start to second term

Washington (CNN) – Secretly accessing phone records of journalists. IRS targeting of conservative groups. Misleading statements last year about the Benghazi terrorist attack.

News headlines of the past week portray an administration engulfed in potential scandal, providing opponents of President Barack Obama with plenty of ammunition to try to derail his agenda in the early months of his second term.

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Filed under: IRS • Justice Department • Libya • President Obama
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