A panel discussion on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper regarding the White House’s response to the revelation that the State Department altered talking points relating to the Benghazi attack to remove references to Islamic terrorism exploded on Monday when one guest asserted that the GOP was “overplaying their hand.” The panel blew up when debating whether the facts of the investigation were more important than the accusation that Republicans were politicizing the Benghazi attack.
Tapper asked his guests if Congressional Republicans insisting that either President Barack Obama or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are not targets of their investigation into Benghazi can be trusted.
“There’s not a target here – any particular politician,” asserted former advisor to Mitt Romney’s campaign, Kevin Madden. “The target here is the truth.”
He said that this “truth” may be inconvenient for some political actors, but that the necessity of getting to the bottom of why the American people were misled was worth that discomfort.
“I think the truth is inconvenient for Chairman [Rep. Darrell] Issa (D-CA) who, if he was really seeking the truth, would have actually invited the chairman – the well-respected, nonpartisan chairman of the review document,” said Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen in reference to Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and Admiral Michael Mullen.
“You’re talking about just this last week, because he had invited them months before,” Tapper interjected.
“You know, I’m sorry, you don’t have a hearing where you mention Hillary Clinton’s name over 30 times, and then get to say, ‘this isn’t about Hillary Clinton,” Rosen added.
“Those mentions came from Democrats,” Madden corrected. He also noted that Pickering was invited to Capitol Hill for deposition.
When asked why President Obama took a defensive tone in Monday’s news conference, CNN contributor and New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza said they think “the facts are on their side.”
The panel exploded when Rosen said that the Congressional Republicans are “clearly overplaying their hand.”
“The folks who always argue about the politics are usually the ones losing the public debate,” Madden asserted.
Watch the clip below via CNN:
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