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Obama 'Has Not Participated in the Investigation' of Benghazi

12:07 PM, Nov 1, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One today that President Obama "has not participated in the investigation" of the terror attack against Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

“He has not participated in the investigation," Carney told the press in response to a question about whether Obama was participating. "He is anticipating results that show us exactly what happened and how is responsible and what lessons we can learn from it and ensure it never happens again. He expects the investigation to be rigorous."

UPDATE: Here's the full exchange, via the official White House transcript:

   Q    On Benghazi, overnight, FOX News had a report on another cable.  But the question is not about that.  These cables have been coming out, news reports have been coming.  How closely -- I know an investigation is ongoing -- but how closely is the President reading these reports, following them?  Is he asking questions?  Even the ones in The New York Times, elsewhere -- is he engaged in the investigation and receiving updates on the investigation, or is he waiting until it’s complete? 

 

     MR. CARNEY:  These investigations are being conducted by both the FBI and the Accountability Review Board, and he is not participating in the investigation.  He is anticipating results that show us exactly what happened, who was responsible and what lessons we can learn from it in terms of how we ensure that it never happens again.

     Q    Is it safe to say he’s withholding judgment and getting involved and asking questions and follow-ups until something comes out?

     MR. CARNEY:  The President was asked in interviews as recently as when he spoke with Brian Williams of NBC about what he expects.  He expects the investigations to be rigorous.  He is extremely focused on making sure that we find exactly what happened and who was responsible, and tracking down those who were responsible and bringing them to justice. 

 

     And his responsibility as Commander-in-Chief is for the men and women that he sends into harm’s way.  And that is often thought of as just members of the military, but it includes members of the diplomatic corps who serve in countries that are dangerous, but who do extraordinarily important work and who serve their country bravely in doing that work, in promoting American values and building relationships that help our national security interests.

     So the President is very committed to letting the facts come through and ensuring that we find out exactly what happened and who is responsible.

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