CNN's Erin Burnett discusses government e-mails obtained by CNN that reveal the White House knew within two hours of the Libya attack that an Islamic extremist group was claiming credit.
OutFront tonight: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Fmr. NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark.
E-mails: White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack
Two hours after first being notified of an attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, a government e-mail to the White House, the State Department and the FBI said an Islamist group had claimed credit, according to a copy obtained by CNN.
An initial e-mail was sent while the attack was still underway, and another that arrived two hours later - sent from a State Department address to various government agencies including the executive office of the president - identified Ansar al Sharia as claiming responsibility for the attack on its Facebook page and on Twitter.
The group denied responsibility the next day.