Startling revelations about what the White House knew in the hours following the Sept.11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi were reported Wednesday morning. According to emails from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department obtained by Reuters, officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit. The startling report is completely at odds with what was the White House's unequivocal assessment for nearly two weeks that the storming of the building--which resulted in four deaths including Ambassador Chris Stevens--was a protest to an anti-Islam Youtube video.
Republicans harshly criticized the White House Wednesday following the news of the Benghazi emails, blasting the Obama administration for failing to act when Americans abroad were under siege. In addition to continued criticism for the administration's foreign policy operations, the news Wednesday opens wide the door for growing calls for an investigation into what the Obama administration has been willing to cover-up in order to avoid political ridicule.
Watch a clip below from "Real News" analysis Wednesday on the latest developments in the Benghazi attack investigation, and what this report says about the White House's level on engagement in foreign policy matters if their initial reaction was not a cover-up.