Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sen Rob Portman op-ed: Americans deserve the truth about damaging scandals

The last two weeks have further weakened our trust and confidence in our government. And no matter who is in power, Democrat or Republican, that’s not good news for our democracy.
Revelations of misconduct by the IRS in targeting certain groups based on their politics, the Obama administration misleading us on Benghazi, the Department of Health and Human Services inappropriately raising money from companies they regulate to support ObamaCare, as well as new disclosures about the Department of Justice targeting the Associated Press, all raise serious questions about whether some public servants in Washington are putting short-term political gain ahead of their obligations to the American people.
First, Benghazi. Reports by Weekly Standard and ABC, followed by Congressional hearings on Capitol Hill, revealed startling evidence that administration officials cared more about the political interests of the president than the truth about the attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. Talking points used during interviews by Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice were altered by administration officials. She told the American people that the attack was the result of an inflammatory video even though analysts in the CIA, the State Department and the White House had already determined that terrorism was involved. 
It turns out that those talking points were edited no less than a dozen times. These edits were specifically made to eliminate references to al-Qaeda and related terrorists organizations that intelligence agencies suspected were responsible for the attack. Also removed were references to previous incidents that had led the CIA to warn the State Department about the dangers present in Benghazi.
Read the rest of the op-ed HERE.

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