Obama Campaign Official Stephanie Cutter Maintains Administration Has Not Tried to Hide Anything About 9/11 Libya Attack, Blames Romney for Politicizing the Issue
Tonight on Special Report, Bret Baier sat down with Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter to talk about the ongoing fallout from the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Republicans are trying to get to the bottom of what the Obama administration knew about the attack and when they knew it. Specific questions have arisen on why U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went
on several Sunday talk shows five days after the Sept. 11 attack and said that the incident resulted spontaneously from protests over an anti-Islam film.
The Obama administration later revealed that intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the attack that terrorists had launched a coordinated assault on the compound, killing four Americans, including U.S. Amb. to Libya Chris Stevens.
Yesterday, Cutter said that the scandal surrounding the administration's response is being driven by the Romney campaign, calling it "reckless and irresponsible" for them to politicize it. Tonight, she scoffed at the notion that the administration has tried to hide anything, pointing to the report two weeks after the attack by the Director of National Intelligence.
"His statement said there was an original conclusion that people were taking advantage of protests surrounding that video to attack the embassy. We then learned weeks later that it was a deliberate, premeditated attack by terrorists. That's what responsible people do when they are conducting an investigation and releasing information so that the American people can understand what happened," said Cutter.
Watch the full exchange: