(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul continued his blitz against Hillary Clinton, arguing Thursday the former secretary of state was involved in changing the Benghazi talking points, despite recently-released e-mails indicating she did not have a direct role in the matter.
The Republican senator of Kentucky–who’s considering a 2016 presidential bid–said that because her spokeswoman at the time, Victoria Nuland, was engaged in the editing process for the talking points, then Clinton must be implicated, as well.
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“This is Hillary Clinton's spokesman. Unless Hillary Clinton's spokesman doesn't speak for her, this really does draw Hillary Clinton into this. And it puts her fingerprints all over these talking points,” Paul said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”
The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in an attempt to quiet critics of the president for his handling of last year’s deadly terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
The e-mails detail the complex exchanges between the CIA, State Department, and the White House in developing the set of unclassified talking points that were used to explain the events just days after the September 11 attack.
U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice used those talking points–which erroneously stated the attacks originated from a spontaneous protest–on several television news talk shows.
Following months of questions from Republican lawmakers over how the talking points were drafted, the White House released the e-mails.
The documents showed Nuland had questioned information originally in the talking points about extremist threats linked to al Qaeda in Benghazi and eastern Libya.
"The penultimate point could be abused by members (of Congress) to beat the State Department for not paying attention to agency warnings so why do we want to feed that either? Concerned..." she wrote.
While Clinton herself was not part of the e-mail exchanges and was not found at fault in an independent investigation of the Benghazi attack, Paul reiterated that the buck stops at her desk.
“I just find it stretches credulity to think Hillary Clinton wasn't involved with the talking points,” he said.
Paul has been going after Clinton, who’s also considered a potential 2016 White House contender, for months.
During her testimony before Congress on Benghazi, Paul told Clinton he would have fired her if he were president at the time, and last week he said she should never be able to hold higher office again.
He also blasted the former secretary of state during a stop in the presidential battleground state of Iowa on Friday.
– CNN's Kevin Liptak and Sherisse Pham contributed to this report.
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