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Congress wants more on creationg of Benghazi 'talking points,' omission of terror link

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are asking new questions about what the U.S. officials knew and when about the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11th.

Speaking on the Sunday talk shows, they said they want to know who was behind the Obama administration's "talking points" and why a final draft left out the CIA's decision early on that terrorists were involved.

Some republicans have alleged a cover up, accusing White House aides of hiding the terrorism link in the run-up to the presidential election.

Even Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Democrat who heads the powerful Intelligence Committee, says she has questions how the talking points were created when it was clear early on that the assault wasn't a simple protest that turned violent.

A senior U.S. official familiar with the document, says the al-Qaida reference was deleted because the information came from classified sources and the links were tenuous.

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161-w-40-(Tim Maguire, AP correspondent, with Senator Diane Feinstein, D-Calif.)--Senators from both parties want answers from the White House on the handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. AP correspondent Tim Maguire reports. (18 Nov 2012)

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162-a-22-(Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Senate Armed Services Committee member, in interview)-"a death trap"-Senator Lindsey Graham says President Obama is the one to blame for the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet the Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length of cut)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *162 (11/18/12)>> 00:22 "a death trap"

164-a-08-(Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Senate Armed Services Committee member, in interview)-"not know that"-Senator Lindsey Graham says he thinks it's possible the president did not know about the Petraeus affair before Election Day. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet the Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *164 (11/18/12)>> 00:08 "not know that"

163-a-17-(Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Senate Armed Services Committee member, in interview)-"pleas for help"-Senator Lindsey Graham says he wants a select committe created to investigate the attacks in Benghazi. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet the Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length of cut)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *163 (11/18/12)>> 00:17 "pleas for help"

165-a-12-(Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Senate Armed Services Committee member, in interview)-"about the raid"-Senator Lindsey Graham says he thinks it's possible the White House wanted to mislead the public about the Benghazi attacks. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet the Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *165 (11/18/12)>> 00:12 "about the raid"

158-a-14-(Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., in interview)-"a consensus report"-Michigan Senator Carl Levin says U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice should not be criticized for using altered "talking points" to describe what happened in Benghazi, Libya in broadcast interviews days after the attack. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *158 (11/18/12)>> 00:14 "a consensus report"

157-a-11-(Congressman Peter King, R-N.Y., in interview)-"been watered down"-New York Congressman Peter King says U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice should have known that the "talking points" on the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya did not include the CIA's early conclusion that terrorists were involved. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *157 (11/18/12)>> 00:11 "been watered down"

153-a-17-(Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chair, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in interview)-"and have overcome"-Senator Dianne Feinstein says the criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is unfair. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet the Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *153 (11/18/12)>> 00:17 "and have overcome"

154-a-16-(Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chair, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in interview)-"changed to mission"-Senator Dianne Feinstein says the White House did not make changes to the CIA talking points on the Benghazi attacks. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet the Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *154 (11/18/12)>> 00:16 "changed to mission"

156-a-12-(Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chair, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in interview)-"that's pretty clear"-Senator Dianne Feinstein says she isn't sure why the attacks in Benghazi were described as something other than a terrorist act. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet the Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *156 (11/18/12)>> 00:12 "that's pretty clear"

155-a-14-(Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chair, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in interview)-"to make accusations"-Senator Dianne Feinstein says Congress will find out who created the talking points on the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet the Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *155 (11/18/12)>> 00:14 "to make accusations"

143-a-11-(Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee, in interview)-"the White House"-Senator Saxby Chambliss says it's still unclear what federal agency made changes to the CIA talking points on the Benghazi attacks. COURTESY: "FOX News Sunday" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *143 (11/18/12)>> 00:11 "the White House"

148-a-14-(Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman, Senate Homeland Security Committee, in interview)-"a special committee"-Senator Joe Lieberman says there shouldn't have to be a select committee investigation into the Benghazi attacks unless absolutely necessary. COURTESY: "FOX News Sunday" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *148 (11/18/12)>> 00:14 "a special committee"

144-a-13-(Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee, in interview)-"her to say"-Senator Saxby Chambliss says U.N. Ambassador Susan U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice should be called before the congressional hearing investigating the attacks on the consulate in Benghazi. COURTESY: "FOX News Sunday" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *144 (11/18/12)>> 00:13 "her to say"

147-a-12-(Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman, Senate Homeland Security Committee, Senator Joe Lieberman says U.S. forces were too far from Benghazi to offer aid to the consulate during the Benghazi attacks.)-"much too late"-Senator Joe Lieberman says U.S. forces were too far from Benghazi to offer aid to the consulate during the Benghazi attacks. COURTESY: "FOX News Sunday" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *147 (11/18/12)>> 00:12 "much too late"

145-a-10-(Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Saxby Chambliss does not see the need for a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks, which has been suggested by Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain.)-"my good friends"-Senator Saxby Chambliss says he does not see the need for a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks, which has been suggested by Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain. COURTESY: "FOX News Sunday" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *145 (11/18/12)>> 00:10 "my good friends"

146-a-17-(Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman, Senate Homeland Security Committee, in interview)-"there without security"-Senator Joe Lieberman says the nation needs to know why the consulate in Benghazi lacked adequate security. COURTESY: "FOX News Sunday" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (18 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *146 (11/18/12)>> 00:17 "there without security"

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