Step-by-step timeline of the Benghazi lies

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," May 6, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Now, everything you just heard was nothing more than a fabricated and calculated lie by members of the Obama White House. Now, we have the e-mails, the documents and the sworn testimony to prove it.

But first, let's start with the latest piece of evidence that's been uncovered. Now, last week, thanks to the efforts of Judicial Watch, we were given the smoking gun, an e-mail written by this man, deputy national White House security adviser Ben Rhodes. In this, he provides talking points to Susan Rice ahead of her now infamous five Sunday show appearances.

Now, the document reads, quote, "to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video and not a broader failure of policy." Now, there's the hard, cold proof they wanted everyone to just blame it on a video.

But this recently released e-mail isn't the only cold, hard evidence that we have. For months, information has been literally trickling out of the administration and what they knew almost immediately, that the amateur YouTube video had absolutely nothing to do with this attack.

Now, for example, internal State Department e-mails sent just two hours after the attack began show that officials were advised, saying, quote, "The extremist group Ansar al Shariah has taken credit for the attack." And just a few hours later, another e-mail said that after talking to the Libyan president, he said, quote, "When he said his government suspected that former Qaddafi regime elements carried out the attacks, I told him that the group that conducted the attacks, Ansar al Shariah, is affiliated with Islamic extremists."

Now, however, despite this information, all references to Ansar al Shariah were completely stripped from the official talking points memo. And so the White House spin machine began, blaming an amateur YouTube video for this attack.

But no matter how hard they tried to hide it, the truth would eventually come out. Now, remember, almost immediately after the administration began politicizing the tragedy, the Libyan president -- he said this.


ANN CURRY, NBC NEWS: Would you call the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi an act of terrorism?

LIBYAN PRESIDENT MOHAMMED MAGARIEF: I have no doubt about that and that it's a pre- planned act of terrorism directed against American citizens.

CURRY: This was a pre-planned attack, not a reaction to a controversial movie?

MAGARIEF: Yes. I have no doubt about this.

CURRY: Do you think the movie had anything to do with the attack on the consulate?

MAGARIEF: Not on this attack. Not on this attack. It has nothing to do with this attack.


HANNITY: Now, as if that information wasn't enough, we also have sworn testimony from people who were on the ground contradicting what the administration was telling you, the American people. For instance, there was the testimony of this man, Gregory Hicks. Now, he's the former deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya. He was on the ground in Benghazi the night of the deadly attack and reportedly spoke to Ambassador Stevens just hours before Ambassador Stevens was killed. Watch this.


REP. TREY GOWDY, R-S.C.: Would a highly decorated career diplomat have told you or Washington had there been a demonstration outside his facility that day?


GOWDY: Did he mention one word about a protest or a demonstration?

HICKS: No, sir he did not.

The YouTube video was a non-event in Libya.

REP. PATRICK MCHENRY, R-N.C.: OK, and did you know about that within a couple days or the day of?


MCHENRY: OK. And so did you report to anyone in Washington within the first couple of days that there was anything in connection, a protest in connection to a YouTube video?

HICKS: No. The only report that our mission made through every channel was that there had been an attack on a consulate.


HANNITY: Now, he never blamed a spontaneous demonstration. He didn't talk about a YouTube video. Nobody did other than the Obama White House.

And joining us tonight with reaction is former Clinton adviser, host of his own radio show on WPHT in Philly, Dick Morris is with us. What do you say...


HANNITY: Good to see you, Dick.

What do you say when you have one lie after another when they were told within 24 hours they knew it was an attack and they were told who it was from?

DICK MORRIS, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Yes, well, a coverup, an effort to avoid political harm. The question is whose coverup. And my wife Eileen uncovered evidence the other day that we put out in a column yesterday that this was really something that may well have originated with Hillary because a day-and-a-half before Rhodes, the White House aide, sent that smoking gun e-mail you just talked about, Hillary made a statement, and embedded in that statement was the exact same language that Rhodes used word for word.

HANNITY: I have it right here. Now, she made this the day before Rhodes released...

MORRIS: Thirty-six hours before Rhodes.

HANNITY: Thirty-six hours. And what she said -- "Let me state clearly the U.S. had absolutely nobody nothing to do with this video." The Rhodes said, "The U.S. government had nothing to do with it. We reject its message and content." Hillary, "We reject its message and content." Hillary, "The video is disgusting and reprehensible." Rhodes, "We find it disgusting and reprehensible."


HANNITY: So you're saying...


MORRIS: ... then they both say there's no justification for violence from...


MORRIS: It's an identical statement.


MORRIS: And so there are two questions. First, did Hillary's statement form the basis of that smoking gun e-mail? And was Hillary really the author of this coverup? And the second question is, how did it get there, Sean? Was it smoke signals, telepathy, channeling? There's no e-mail that has been disclosed to the congressional committee either as a result of the court order or the subpoena...


MORRIS: ... between Hillary and Rhodes. So are they covering up yet another e-mail?

HANNITY: Well, we have to...

MORRIS: Or did he get it from the newspaper?

HANNITY: Well, I think Trey Gowdy's a well-known prosecutor. Hasn't lost many cases in his life.


HANNITY: As a matter of fact, I think zero as prosecutor. So the next -- the next question I want to know is, when they were told otherwise from the people on the ground, no spontaneous demonstration, no YouTube video connection, they manufacture this lie. They cover it up. Four Americans are dead. What if this -- what -- compare it to, for example, the Watergate.

MORRIS: You know I think what your question is, Sean? What difference does that make!


HANNITY: Yes, Hillary. Yes.

MORRIS: The difference is very clear.

HANNITY: Four dead Americans.

MORRIS: If -- if it -- to the extent that it's Obama's coverup, it was obviously related to the election, so that he could still say he had killed terrorism when he killed bin Laden. But if it was Hillary's coverup, because she was the first one out of the gate talking about it, it's because she didn't want anyone to pull up the warnings that Hillary had. She didn't want anyone to talk about why they didn't send reinforcements and why they took away half of Chris Stevens' bodyguard before the attack.

HANNITY: OK, we're going to continue to follow it. I think they've been caught in a lie. It'll be interesting to watch the American people's reaction.

MORRIS: Big lie.

HANNITY: Seventy-two percent now want an answer here.

All right, Dick, good to see you.

MORRIS: Thank you.

HANNITY: Welcome back to the studio.

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