Tonight’s CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley featured CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett returning to discuss the State Department’s release of emails which at first supported then contradicted common conspiracy theories from Conservatives. Garrett broke down the talking points which were given by Republicans and compares them to the actual emails…
(transcribed from the show)
Scott, Republicans have claimed that the State Department under Hillary Clinton was trying to protect itself from criticism. The White House released the real emails late yesterday and here’s what we found when we compared them to the quotes that had been provided by Republicans. One email was written by Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes.
On Friday, Republicans leaked what they said was a quote from Rhodes. “We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation.” But it turns out, in the actual email Rhodes did not mention the State Department. It read, “We need to resolve this in a way that respects all the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.”
Republicans also provided what they said was a quote from an email written by State Department Spokesman Victoria Nuland. The Republican version notes Nuland discussing,“The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency [CIA] about Al-Qaeda’s presence and activities of Al-Qaeda.”
The actual email from Nuland says, “[the]…penultimate point could be abused by Members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings…” The CIA agreed with the concerns raised by the State Department and revised the talking points to make them less specific than the CIA’s original version, eliminating references to Al-Qaeda and affiliates and earlier security warnings. There is no evidence, Scott, that the White House orchestrated these changes.
(Will be updating this video as it becomes available. Here was the previous episode with Major Garrett before his recent findings.)