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May 10, 2013

Facing questions on Benghazi, the White House stalls the press

With an ABC News report suggesting that the White House and State Department took part in changing the controversial, since rescinded talking points delivered days after last September's Libya attack, the White House is pushing back its daily press briefing by the hour.

ABC News reported that it had obtained 12 different versions of the talking points "that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on 5 talk shows the Sunday after that attack." The White House has said it's editing was minimal, but hasn't responded to the ABC report.

The briefing was originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Then it was 1:45 p.m. -- and now, it's 3:15 p.m.That's for the general press: Politico reports that the White House pushed back the original briefing in order to hold an off-the-record session with invited reporters. The White House didn't confirm the off the record briefing. UPDATE: Politico later reported that the White House held a "deep background" briefing to discuss Benghazi.

That briefing began around 12:45 p.m. and postponed the daily, on-the-record White House press briefing untl mid-afternoon.But the briefing got pushed back again to accomodate a previously-scheduled health care event, hosted by President Barack Obama.


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