Boehner Calls On White House To Release Email Related To Benghazi

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday joined the Republican effort to apply pressure on the Obama administration over last year’s deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, calling on the White House to release an email from a State Department official.

After saying he hoped people tuned in to Wednesday’s hearing on Benghazi, Boehner highlighted the email, in which the unnamed official attributed the attack to “Islamic terrorists.”

“We learned that on September 12th, the day after the attacks and four days before Susan Rice’s tv appearances, a senior State Department official e-mailed her superiors to relay that she had told the Libyan ambassador that the attack was conducted by Islamic terrorists,” Boehner said at a morning press briefing. “The State Department would not allow our committees to keep copies of this email when it was reviewed. And I would call on the President to order the State Department to release this email so that the American people can see it.”



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