Just when it seemed investigations of the Benghazi attack had run their course, ABC News said it obtained emails showing State Department editing of administration talking points to downplay terrorist involvement in the incident, in which four Americans were killed.
The revelation breathes new life into congressional probes, particularly in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Congressman Darrell Issa said, “Our goal in this investigation is to get answers.”
The White House has long denied intentionally misleading the American people about the September attack, which came at the height of President Barack Obama's re-election effort. Spokesman Jay Carney said, “This [controversy] would be more significant if we did not acknowledge from the beginning that extremists were likely involved. This is an effort to accuse the administration of hiding something that we did not hide.”
Lovers of Washington intrigue got a double-dose of titillating news Friday. The federal tax-collecting agency, the IRS, admitted to subjecting Republican-affiliated Tea Party groups to heightened scrutiny last year.
1.outpost n. 前哨；警戒部队；边区村落
The soldiers trenched an outpost.
2.probe n. 探针；调查
The company will cooperate with any government probe in the matter as well.
3.titillate vt. 使觉得痒；使高兴
The teacher's story titillated the fancy of the pupils.