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White House denies memo was about Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is denying that a staff member's email three days after the deadly attack on the U.S. mission at Benghazi, Libya, was about the attack.

Republican lawmakers have branded the email as evidence the Obama administration sought to deceive the public about the true circumstances surrounding the deaths of four Americans during the final months of the 2012 presidential campaign.

President Barack Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters Wednesday that the email was explicitly not about Benghazi but about the overall situation in the Muslim world.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is calling the email a "smoking gun" that "shows political operatives in the White House working to create a political narrative at odds with the facts."


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