Democrats have rallied to the defense of the Obama administration in the wake of newly released emails that link then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice directly to a White House aide to a "prep call" prior to her appearances on several Sunday TV shows where she made controversial and flawed statements linking the attack to an anti-Islam Internet video.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi repeatedly called media coverage of the new Benghazi developments "diversion" and "subterfuge," as Republicans in the House and Senate dialed up pressure on White House officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, with a subpoena to testify before a key panel and the formation of a special committee to investigate.

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The father of Ty Woods, a Navy SEAL who was killed in the September 11, 2012 terror attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is speaking out on the latest revelations on the alleged White House cover-up in the wake of the tragedy.

"The people of the United States as well as the families need to know what actually happened," Charles Woods told Sean Hannity. He called the select congressional committee "an answer to prayer."

Charles Woods called the newly released emails a "smoking gun," and said that a failure in the Obama administration's foreign policy directly led to the death of his son and three other Americans.

Woods told Hannity he believed he'd been lied to repeatedly. "Hillary Clinton came up to me and I gave her a handshake and a hug, and when I shook her hand she said to me, 'We are going to have the filmmaker arrested.' Even at that time she was trying to place a spin on what happened."

"It wasn't the result of a video," Woods said.

Woods said that there was no question that White House officials knew what was going on when it was happening. "They had two drones above the battle in Benghazi feeding real-time video to the Situation Room in the White House. They could see as it was happening... for seven or eight hours they watched this battle happen."

Woods told Hannity that his son, Ty, was told repeatedly to stand down and not to attempt to rescue other victims of the attacks. Ty disobeyed orders and was killed saving the lives of others.

"That was the type of hero Ty was," Woods said.

See the full interview above.