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Jay Carney's Response When Asked About Benghazi Whistleblowers: Those Attacks Were a 'Long Time Ago

"The politicization of this issue is unfortunate and it continues unabated."

Asked during Wednesday’s press briefing whether anyone has been blocked from testifying on the 2012 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Press Secretary Jay Carney responded by reminding everyone that the attacks were “a long time ago.”

"Let's be clear," Carney said in response to a question from Ed Henry. "Benghazi happened a long time ago. We are unaware of any agency blocking an employee who would like to appear before Congress to provide information related to Benghazi."

“The Accountability Review Board, which investigated this matter, and I think in no one’s estimation sugarcoated what happened there or pulled any punches when it came to holding accountable individuals that they felt had not successfully executed their responsibilities, heard from everyone and invited everyone,” Carney said.

“So there was a clear indication there that everyone who had something to say was welcome to provide information to the accountability review board. But, again, with regards to these stories, to our knowledge we’re not aware of any agency that has blocked an employee who would like to appear before Congress.

“The politicization of this issue is unfortunate and it continues unabated,” he added.

You can watch the press briefing here (relevant comments at the 29:00 mark).


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(H/T: Weekly Standard). Featured image Getty Images.

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