Showdown! Combative Jay Carney spins out of control over Benghazi emails

White House press secretary Jay Carney hit the spin cycle again Wednesday, insisting that recently released emails obtained through a Judicial Watch lawsuit were “not about Benghazi.”

ABC’s Jonathan Karl repeatedly challenged Carney on emails from then-Deputy Strategic Communications Advisor Ben Rhodes that urged America’s United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to blame the 2012 attack on an anti-Muslim YouTube video.

“To follow up on the new Benghazi email, you knew full well that these Sunday show appearances were going to be dominated by the attack in Benghazi, right?” Karl asked. “As they were.”

Carney denied the emails were referring specifically to Benghazi.

“This document was not about Benghazi,” he said. “It is often forgotten that during that time period there was an enormous amount of attention and focus, appropriately, on the fact that there were protesters, sometimes violent protesters, surrounding U.S. embassies, causing us to draw down personnel at those embassies, causing great concern, understandably, about the safety of American personnel at other diplomatic facilities around the Muslim world.”

The two went back and forth, sparring for more than eight minutes, but Carney wouldn’t budge from his premeditated lines.

“Jon, I can say it again and again, and I know you can keep asking again and again,” he said. “This document was not about Benghazi.”

Watch the lengthy duel between the two here:

Related: Benghazi emails rock DC: Expose ‘a cover-up of a cover-up,’ says Krauthammer

H/T: Real Clear Politics

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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