Recently released e-mails between White House staffers and former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice appear to be the ‘smoking gun’ that proves the official story about the 2012 Benghazi attack was a cover-up. Publicly, the Obama Administration pinned the blame for the attack on an anti-Muslim video, while privately they knew the Benghazi incident was a well-coordinated terrorist attack.

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Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee wasted no time to say “we told you so” about the Benghazi cover-up. Senator Kelly Ayotte told “On The Record With Greta Van Sustren”: “We always said ‘where did the video reference come from?’ Now we know it came from the White House.”

Senator Lindsey Graham said in an interview: “The email is a smoking gun. It shows political operatives in the White House looking to create a political narrative at odds with the facts.

“Their goal was not to tell the truth about what actually happened. They did not want to provide the best information possible.

“Instead, we were provided the most beneficial political story for President Obama.”

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhoffe, the committee’s ranking GOP member added: “This was a cover-up and these e-mails only continue to confirm my belief (this was a cover-up)… in the days after the attack in Benghazi, Libya, the White House was more focused on protecting President Obama than informing Americans about the terrorist attack that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.”

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes e-mailed Ambassador Rice several talking points for the September 15 political talk shows. On each show, the Ambassador linked the attacks to the alleged anti-Islam YouTube video instead of terrorism.

The Rhodes e-mail also went out to top White House officials which included Press Secretary Jay Carney, Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest, and then-White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.

The e-mails, released on April 29, came from an April 18 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Arizona Representative Paul Gosar, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (which has also been investigating the Benghazi attack) summed it up best: “Whether lying about ObamaCare, and now lying about Benghazi, this administration has no decency.”