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May 10th, 2013
06:51 PM ET

Rep. Jordan: Show us the Benghazi emails

House Speaker John Boehner wants President Obama to release e-mails Boehner says show how the White House tried to change the story on what happened in Benghazi. The Weekly Standard and ABC News first reported that e-mails show the administration edited the draft of talking points 12 times.

CNN asked the White House to provide someone to answer our questions on this, but they declined. CNN also asked the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, but he was also unavailable.

"Twelve different edits. You do not need to edit the truth," said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the House Oversight Committee.

"They knew the truth, they didn't have Mrs. Rice go out and say the truth, she said something different," said Jordan.

Critics faulted UN Ambassador Susan Rice for saying that the Benghazi attack originated from a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video while she was a guest on Sunday morning talk shows days after the attack. Rice was speaking from declassified talking points.

The White House response and State Department response is that these e-mails are not about obscuring the truth, they were just about sharing information known definitively.

"They can say whatever they want, just show us the documents, let us have the documents like we're supposed to have when we're conducting a congressional investigation," said Jordan.

Democrats on the committee criticize their colleagues across the aisle, saying Republicans were not as interested in attacks on diplomatic posts that occurred during former President George W. Bush's administration. There were at least 64 such attacks under Bush's administration.

Democrats also say House Republicans voted to cut funding for diplomatic security.

Jordan said Charlene Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, testified in October the attack was not about resources.

At that hearing, Lamb, responded to a question about resources from Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland.

"We do have limited resources," Lamb testified in October. "I made the best decisions I could with the information I had, sir."

Lamb was one of three State Department officials placed on administrative leave following the Benghazi report in December.

On the subject of the IRS admitting Friday that they made "mistakes" trying to process requests from conservative groups, like the tea party, seeking tax-exempt status, Jordan said the House Oversight Committee will investigate.

"This was over two years, looking for key words, looking for tea party ... systematically targeting conservative-leaning groups," said Jordan. "Your government doing that to you as an American citizen exercising your conservative First Amendment rights to be involved in groups you want to be involved in. That is unconscionable."

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