Facts be damned, Darrell Issa's got his talking points on the attacks in Libya and he's sticking with them. From this Sunday's Meet the Press, Issa doubled down on his assertion that the groups which attacked our consulate in Benghazi were affiliated with al Qaeda and continued his game of arguing semantics with David Gregory and Andrea Mitchell:
Rep. Darrell Issa on Sunday stood by claims that a group affiliated with the terrorist organization al Qaeda was involved in the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.
"It was accurate," Issa said on NBC's Meet the Press. "There was a group that was involved that claims an affiliation with al Qaeda." [...]
Issa said that Kirkpatrick did "very good work" but that he has seen no evidence that the video was the attack's leading cause, a claim made by then-UN ambassador Susan Rice in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
He maintained that the administration should come clean about misstatements about the causes of the attack, even if those claims were made to protect the CIA outpost in Benghazi.
"They went out on five stations and told the story that was at best a coverup for the CIA or at worst something that cast away this idea that there was a real terrorist operation in Benghazi," Issa said.
The September 11, 2012 attack left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.
As Rep. Joaquin Castro, who also appeared on Meet the Pressexplained, "Chairman Issa and members of that committee crusaded for over a year on what was really a fairy tale, claiming that the administration knew that Al-Qaeda was involved and wouldn't admit it." I don't expect that's going to change now or ever following Issa's interview this Sunday.
Chuck Todd either knows he's not telling the truth here, or he never turns on Fox "news" because as Media Matters documented, Republicans did not refrain from talking about Benghazi on the one year anniversary of the attack on our consulate. Read more...