Rep. Joaquin Castro rips Issa on Benghazi: He ‘crusaded for over a year on a fairy tale’

By David Edwards
Sunday, December 29, 2013 11:34 EDT
google plus icon
Joaquin Castro speaks to NBC News
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Email this page

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) lashed out at House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Sunday for spending over a year on what he said was a crusade on a “fairy tale” after a New York Times report showed that Al-Qaeda had no role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

In an interview with NBC on Sunday, Issa was pressed about a New York Times investigation published over the weekend that revealed that Al-Qaeda did not plan or carry out the attacks at the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, undercutting the foundation of Republican arguments, hearings and accusations against President Barack Obama for the last year.

“Why use the term Al-Qaeda?” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Issa. “When you say Al-Qaeda, people think central Al-Qaeda. They don’t think militias that may be inspired by [Osama bin Laden] and his other followers. So, it is a hot button for political reasons.”

“But, Andrea, it was accurate,” Issa insisted. “There’s a group that was involved that claims an affiliation with Al-Qaeda. Now, Al-Qaeda is not a central command and control. It was, in fact, a loose group that could take general statements and act on them.”

But Castro said that it was time for the chairman and other Republicans to “learn a lesson” and move on from their obsession with the Benghazi attacks.

“Chairman Issa and members of that committee crusaded for over a year on what was really a fairy tale, claiming that the administration knew that Al-Qaeda was involved and wouldn’t admit it,” he explained. “Some of the information that came out early, although it may have been wrong, that was their best effort.”

“Darrell Issa and others took that and crusaded against the administration in a way that, I think, has been a big distraction for the American people,” Castro added.

Watch this video from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Dec. 29, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
By commenting, you agree to our terms of service
and to abide by our commenting policy.