Nightly News   |  May 15, 2013

White House attempts to end Benghazi dispute with new documents

One hundred pages of emails were passed out by the White House Wednesday as the Obama administration tried to put an end to the long simmering dispute over what took place when the American compound in Benghazi was attacked. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>>> across town we go to the white house lawn for another front and that was the release of information today on benghazi . peter alexander with us. peter, let's go back. september 11th of this past year. firefight rages for hours.s four americans are dead including our ambassador in benghazi . we now know it mattered greatly what the administration said about this, what they knew versus what they said. we were, after all, in the midst of a presidential campaign .

>> reporter: that's why the white house put these 100 benghazi e-mails out late this evening. they say they show exactly what the administration has been asserting all along. the e-mails show exchangeses between the white house , state department and cia as they worked to prepare talking points for the house intelligence committee . the same talking points that would be used by u.n. ambassador susan rice when she went on the sunday morning news programses that following sunday. republicans have criticized the administration for scrubbing talking points to remove references to al qaeda . they insist to protect the president in the final months of the presidential campaign when one of president obama 's key themes throughout has been al qaeda is on the run. in this afternoon's briefing a senior administration official insisted no one had perfect knowledge of kbal what happened at that time and they didn't want to prejudice the fbi investigation that was then under way. let me show you one of these e-mails then written by the cia that writes i know there is a hurry to get this out, but we need to hold it long enough to ascertain whether providing it conflicts with express instructions from other agencies that in light of the criminal investigation we are not to generate statements with assessments as to who did this, et cetera , even internally not to mention for public release. they say there was no pressure from the white house to put in what they revised.

>> peter alexander at the white house on the benghazi front. our thanks to all three correspondents for starting us off.