(CNN) - With Republicans renewing their call for accountability after the deadly 2012 consulate attack in Benghazi, an adviser for Hillary Clinton said Thursday the former Secretary of State will not engage in the political debate.
"Four Americans lost their lives. We have never and will never approach this tragedy through the prism of politics. If others continue to do so for their own gain, they're going to have to do it without us," the adviser told CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott.
After a new Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the assault was "likely preventable" and in part placed blame on the State Department, some Republican lawmakers began invoking Clinton's name this week.
Clinton is putting the finishing touches on her upcoming book, and those close to her say the book will address Benghazi.
They also say she knows she will have to respond to the Republican attacks if she runs for president, but she's trying to keep the issue out of the political fray for as long as possible