NBC political reporter and MSNBC host Chuck Todd said the White House looks at Benghazi as nothing more than a “political talking point” and was not taking criticism of its handling of the terrorist attack seriously during an interview on “Charlie Rose” Wednesday.
“The White House continues to believe Benghazi is simply just a political talking point for conservatives,” Todd said. “They don’t take this criticism very seriously, and they believe the more evidence you come up with, the more that backs up their version of events, that there isn’t some sort of hidden aspect to this. There isn’t a cover-up, that what you see is what you get.”
Todd’s statement contradicts White House rhetoric that the Obama administration want to find out what happened and bring the perpetrators of Benghazi to justice, as Obama again stated at his press conference Tuesday.
It was not until Wednesday, nearly eight months afterwards, that the FBI released photographs of individuals suspected to have information about the attack.
Potential Benghazi whistleblowers said earlier this week they have been threatened by administration officials for wanting to testify before Congress. Obama denied knowing anything about those reports Tuesday.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday at his daily briefing that “Benghazi happened a long time ago” and also denied any administration official had blocked witnesses from testifying about the September terrorist attack that killed four Americans.