A Republican lawmaker said Tuesday that the Obama administration purposefully misled the public about the 2012 attack in Benghazi because it feared the truth would hurt its chances in the election just weeks later.
"The evidence shows, and shows rather strongly, that they misled the American people and said 'we can't tell the truth,'" Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said on CNN. "'We can't talk about how the security situation was. We can't talk about the fact that this was a terrorist attack. We have to mislead the American people because we are just eight weeks before an election, this was supposed to be our legacy.'"
"Libya was supposed to be their shining foreign policy story," Jordan added. "They were so invested in this and so committed to this that they didn't look at the facts."
Jordan suggested the White House ignored the security risks occurring in Benghazi, Libya at that time. The Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.
Then, President Obama and other officials publicly blamed the attack on an anti-Muslim YouTube video.
"They stuck by that message publicly even though privately they were conveying the truth to everyone and saying it was a terrorist attack," Jordan said.
Jordan said the House report on the attack, released Tuesday morning, is not political, and is only "about the facts." The House Benghazi committee past been investigating the attack for the past two years.
"The one thing we conclude in our report is we didn't seem to have the urgency that was needed. We didn't move heaven and earth to get help to the people who were fighting for their lives and that's a problem," Jordan said.