During a Sunday appearance on Fox News, her first in nearly five years, Hillary Clinton addressed a myriad of issues in her first interview since becoming the Democratic nominee.
After being cross-examined by host Chris Wallace over the veracity of her public statements related to the sending or receiving of classified material on a private e-mail server she maintained in her New York home, statements which conflicted with FBI Director James Comey’s testimony in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the interview turned to the 2012 attack on Benghazi.
Tethering her personal trustworthiness to statements Clinton made in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the U.S. consulate on the evening of September 11-12, 2012, to private statements made to the family of one victim, Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, Clinton told Wallace Mrs. Smith “may not fully recall everything that was or wasn’t said.”
Smith has repeatedly asserted Clinton told her the Benghazi attacks were triggered by a video ridiculing Islam and parodying Prophet Mohammed during an Joint Base Andrews ceremony honoring the dead.
Smith later expanded on her comments, saying Clinton, then U.S. ambassador to the UN Susan Rice and President Obama all attributed the attacks to the video. At the GOP convention in July, Smith addressed convention goers and personally blamed Clinton for the death of her son.
Smith’s account is supported by the father of another Benghazi victim, CIA operative Tyrone Woods. Woods’ father, Charles, said in an interview with Glenn Beck in October 2012 Clinton said: “We will make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”
Despite conflicts between Smith, Woods and Clinton, Clinton’s explanation does receive support from the family member of Glen Doherty, a CIA operative killed during the attacks. During a 2015 interview on CNN, Katie Quigley, Doherty’s sister, told Anderson Cooper her recollection only partially affirms Smith and Woods’ account.
Quigley recounted meeting Clinton and the then-Secretary mentioning protests in Benghazi, but did not suggest a video and reason for the attacks.
It was later revealed the protests across the Middle East of which Clinton spoke of to Quigley never occurred in Benghazi and the attack was indeed premeditated.
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