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October 10th, 2012
08:12 AM ET

QUOTES: What Amb. Rice, President Obama, Jay Carney have said on the US Consulate attack in Benghazi

This morning on "Starting Point," Soledad and Rep. Jason Chaffetz discussed the various explanations that the Obama Administration have provided to the public on the US Consulate attack in Benghazi.

For reference, here are the quotes that Soledad was referring to in the interview. You can also see a timeline of Obama Administration statements as compiled by CNN.com here.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice

On Meet the Press Sept. 16th
"Putting together the best information that we have available to us today, our current assessment is what happened in Benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, prompted by the video."

On CBS' "Face the Nation" Sept. 16th:
"We do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned."

Obama Administration Press Secretary Jay Carney

On September 14th:
"We were not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent."

On September 18th:
"Our belief based on the information we have is it was the video that caused the unrest in Cairo, and the video and the unrest in Cairo that helped - that precipitated some of the unrest in Benghazi and elsewhere. What other factors were involved is a matter of investigation."

On September 19th:
"It is a simple fact that there are, in post-revolution, post-war Libya, armed groups, there are bad actors hostile to the government, hostile to the West, hostile to the United States. And as has been the case in other countries in the region, it is certainly conceivable that these groups take advantage of and exploit situations that develop, when they develop, to protest against or attack either Westerners, Americans, Western sites or American sites. ... Right now I'm saying we don't have evidence at this point that this was premeditated or preplanned to coincide on a - to happen on a specific date or coincide with that anniversary."

President Obama on ABC's "The View" Sept. 25th

"We're still doing an investigation. There's no doubt that (with) the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn't just a mob action. We don't have all the information yet, so we're still gathering it. But what's clear is that around the world there's still a lot of threats out there." Obama also said "extremist militias" were suspected to have been involved.

READ MORE: What Obama administration has said about Libya attack


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  1. atasha

    Solenoid O'Brien is the weakest link at CNN. SOOOOOOO pro-Obama reports, it is painful to watch.

    October 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Roger in Houston

    Sounds like there was "Not" a demonstration the night 4 Americans were killed in Benghazi. And Rice was out saying 5 days later this was from a demonstration gone aerie. What a farce, politics as usual – what do you expect from a pres who says he inherited the worst economy since the great depression (which is true) but then he goes golfing more then any president in history (and did it in less then 3 1/2 years...) priorities with this guy does not register. Just like after the 4 were killed in Benghazi – he flies to Las Vegas that very day.....and people really want him to be our leader – really???

    October 10, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Steve Atcher

    For heavens sake! Please quit talking about Jack Welch's lie. You guys are being used by the Big Lie Machine. They tell a Big Lie, and you guys repeat it for a week or more!

    October 10, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse | Reply

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