During her weekly press briefing, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters that all the talk about Benghazi is just “diversion” and “subterfuge,” and she wondered why they are still talking about it:
What I will say is, again, diversion, subterfuge: Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. Why aren’t we talking about something else? Whatever was in that — what I know of what I’ve read in the press about those emails was very consistent with what was put out there before. I don’t think there’s anything new there.
Even though Pelosi admitted that she hadn’t read the emails in question — which show that White House adviser Ben Rhodes helped coordinate the controversial talking points that former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice made after the Benghazi terrorist attacks—she was sure that there was nothing new to report.
Pelosi said that the public would be better served by talking about raising the minimum wage, immigration reform and reinstating unemployment insurance benefits:
It’s going to be an exciting debate, and if you all want to sit around and talk about Benghazi, you can sit around and talk about Benghazi. But the fact is, that’s a subterfuge that they (GOP) don’t want to talk about — jobs, growth, immigration reform, voting rights, you name it.The real subterfuge is coming from Pelosi and the Democrats who are trying to discredit and downplay the emails, which have shown that the White House has been anything but honest and transparent on this issue.