Just when it seemed like no one really cared about any of this, ABC uncovered this intra-State Department email from Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. The email is dated three days after the Benghazi attack and two days before Susan Rice did a bunch of talk show appearances:
“We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation. We thus will work through the talking points tomorrow morning at the Deputies Committee meeting.”
Except, then CNN's Jake Tapper had to be a spoil sport and report what the email actually said:
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."
Wait, what? Someone replaced "We need to resolve this in a way that respects" with "We must make sure that the talking points reflect."
Some scandals are motivated by people seeking the truth. Others are motivated by an attempt to score political points. If people start making stuff up to strengthen their case, you can be sure it's a case of option B. Or, as President Obama put it, why would we cover something up for three days, and then reveal it?