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Victoria Nuland Blatantly Lied About Talking Points

From The Hill:

Nuland denies any role in preparing Benghazi talking points

By Julian Pecquet | July 11, 2013

Victoria Nuland on Thursday denied having any role in crafting the talking points used to discuss the Benghazi terrorist attack.

And never mind that Stephen Hayes at the Weekly Standard and Jonathan Karl at ABC News have produced the emails showing how Ms. Nuland repeatedly told the CIA to remove remarks that would be detrimental to the State Department and her boss, Hillary Clinton.

Nuland, President Obama’s nominee to be the nation’s top diplomat on European issues, told the Senate Foreign Relations panel that she didn’t edit the talking points, didn’t talk to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about them and had no interaction with U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice before she delivered them on Sunday talk shows five days after the attack.

Nuland, nominated to be assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, had come under fire after raising concerns with an early draft of the talking points. “I never edited these talking points,” she told Congress. “I never made changes.”

Apparently, Obama administration officials have absolutely no qualms about lying to Congress under oath. But this is such a bald-faced lie that even The Hill feels the obligation to point it out:

Nuland was one of the people involved in reviewing an early draft that was being prepared for the House Intelligence panel. As a State Department spokeswoman, she raised concerns that the draft blamed the attack on al Qaeda-linked militants and made references to past warnings against the U.S. mission in Benghazi prior to the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans last Sept. 11.

That last point, she wrote, “could be abused by Members [of Congress] to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency [CIA] warnings, so why do we want to feed that either.”

As Jonathan Karl pointed out, the paragraph in question was entirely deleted from the talking points at Ms. Nuland’s direct request.

Nuland testified Thursday that she raised the concerns based on instructions to be consistent with what the administration had been saying in public, to protect the integrity of the investigation and to make sure that different agencies — including the State Department, the CIA and the Defense Department — weren’t set back…

In other words, she was told to make sure the talking points were consistent with the administration’s earlier lies. So how is this not editing the talking points?

Nuland said she merely flagged the controversial points for review by her superiors. She said she was not instructed to raise the concerns but did so on her own…

Her emails say different. Again, from Jonathan Karl: "After the talking points were edited slightly to address Nuland’s concerns, she responded that changes did not go far enough. “These changes don’t resolve all of my issues or those of my buildings leadership,” Nuland wrote."

She also testified that she did not talk to Clinton about the talking points and had no involvement with Rice before she delivered them on national television… “At no point that evening or subsequently did I talk to Secretary Clinton about the talking points,” Nuland said…

So her mention of the "building’s leadership" referred to whom exactly?

Despite the controversy, Nuland is expected to sail to confirmation…

Why not? ‘What difference does it make now?’ Besides, blatantly lying to Congress is a badge of honor for the Obama administration officials, at least according to the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Victoria Nuland Blatantly Lied About Talking Points”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Wait…….. the post in Benghazi is open.
    Perhaps she should twist in the wind there while fearing for her life
    as a worthless YouTube video plays.
    I am quite sure she can come up with more worthy talking points.
    Lying beach!

  2. Enthalpy says:

    Institute a flat tax. Allow Ms. Nuland to pursue career at some retail store.

  3. bousquem25 says:

    It is all political coverup and payback for covering the ineptitude of the Obama goverment and the Clinton state department. Watch when Hillary runs in 2016 and uses the same thug tactics the DNC now has perfected to shoe in this political hack into some lofty role with a fat pension to further buy her silence.

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