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Rep. Darrell Issa says White House 'hurried to settle on a false narrative' on Benghazi attack

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The White House began blaming a YouTube video for the Benghazi attacks even while they were taking place, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Wednesday on the House floor.

Issa, R-Calif., and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, noted that this information, contained in newly released emails, contradicts public statements by White House spokesman Jay Carney's repeated declarations that casting blame on the video was derived from talking points provided by the intelligence community.

One of the emails, sent at 9:11 p.m. on the evening of the Benghazi attack, contains notes from a secure video conference attended by senior administration officials. Part of the discussion on a response states, "White House is reaching out to U-Tube [sic] to advise ramifications of the posting of the Pastor Jon video," Issa recounted.

"The email shows the White House hurried to settle on a false narrative -- one at odds with the conclusion reached by those on the ground -- before Americans were even out of harm's way or the intelligence community had made an impartial examination of available evidence," Issa said.

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