House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) doesn’t want to talk about the attack in Benghazi, telling reporters at her weekly briefing on Thursday that the conversation about the recently released emails is just Republican “subterfuge” and “diversion.”
The emails, released near the end of April, revealed that a White House aide was linked to the false talking points put forth by then-U.N. ambassador Susan Rice following the attack. The White House had previously denied any involvement with Rice’s talking points for her Sunday morning news show appearances, claiming they came straight from the intelligence community. But as the emails now reveal, the White House gave specific instructions “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”
But all that information isn’t anything new, Pelosi said on Thursday, blaming the GOP for the continual of the debate over Benghazi.
“I haven’t seen that, but what I will say is — again — diversion, subterfuge,” Pelosi responded to the reporter who asked about the contents of the emails. “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi — why aren’t we talking about something else? Whatever was in that — what I know of what I’ve read in the press about those emails were very consistent with what was put out there before. I don’t think there’s anything new there.”
The Minority Leader then pivoted away, calling on another reporter and ignoring a follow-up question. The whole exchange lasted about 40 seconds. Later in the press briefing, another reporter brought up the emails, and Pelosi tried to cut her off.
“Excuse me, I’m going to tell you something,” the California Democrat snapped, before letting the reporter continue.
When the reporter finished her question, Pelosi once again claimed the information in the emails wasn’t any different from the information already available. Before she left the briefing, however, Pelosi took another shot at both the GOP and reporters.
“If you all want to sit around and talk about Benghazi, you can sit around and talk about Benghazi,” Pelosi said. “But the fact is, that’s a subterfuge that they don’t want to talk about jobs, growth, immigration reform, voting rights — you name it.”