Even though White House spokesman Jay Carney continues to reaffirm President Barack Obama's comment that the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was a “phony scandal,” the mother of one of the victims is not buying it. Patricia Smith’s son, Foreign Service member Sean Smith, was killed in the attack.
“What we've seen, as time has passed and more facts have become known, whether it's about the attacks in Benghazi and the talking points or revelations about conduct at the IRS, that attempts to turn this into a scandal have failed,” Carney said on Wednesday.
Smith responded during an interview with Fox News.
“I don’t believe him anymore," she said. "He’s wrong. My son is dead. How could that be phony? How can I tell you? I mean it’s wrong. It’s not phony, it’s not fake. My son is dead and why is he dead? And all I’m waiting for — even to this day — is for someone to get back to me and tell me what happened.”
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She added: “I begged them, please, I must know what happened with my son. How come this happened? They all promised me they would get back to me. And you know, not one of them, not one of them ever got back to me in any way shape or form, not by a letter, not by anything other than I got a memo stating that I didn’t need to know because I was not part of the immediate family.”
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte also finds the administration's comments unacceptable, The Daily Mail reported.
“His recently calling these phony scandals, that, to me, is incredibly wrong," she said. "It's misleading to the American people.”
Investigations into the 2012 attack that killed four Americans have moved slowly. Eight Republican lawmakers recently sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey requesting that the Benghazi probe be made a top priority.
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“Rumors continue to swirl about the whereabouts of suspects involved in the attack," they wrote. "The FBI continues to add pictures of potential assailants to its website and asks the Libyan people to assist with identifying the alleged perpetrators. We struggle to understand why we don't know more about those who attacked two U.S. compounds and murdered four brave Americans.”