White House to give senators Benghazi documents

KIMBERLY DOZIER AP Intelligence Writer Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House has agreed to give the Senate Intelligence Committee documents related to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, a congressional aide said Friday.

Republicans had demanded the documents as a condition of voting on the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director.

The documents include emails between top national security officials showing the debate within the administration over how to describe the attack and other documents the committee had been asking for, the aide said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, had requested a considerable amount of material about the attack from the White House, which also faced demands from Democrats on the panel about classified legal memos on the use of drones.

The attacks on the Benghazi compound last September killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.