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One email from State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, revealed in the ABC News report, says the State Department “building leadership” were concerned about mentioning previous threats to the diplomatic post in the talking points because members of Congress might use them to question why the State Department wasn’t more prepared for the attacks.

“When you said that Republicans were being political about it, is it not also political to say we want to keep something out of the talking points because we might be criticized by members of Congress? Is that not political motivation now?” the reporter asked.