Clinton supporters meeting to talk Benghazi, national security
May 28th, 2014
07:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton supporters meeting to talk Benghazi, national security

Washington (CNN) - With Hillary Clinton’s memoir due out soon, a close aide will brief Democratic national security experts and communicators on the next round of political scrutiny over the Benghazi terror attack.

Philippe Reines, a longtime Clinton adviser and spokesman, will address the group organized by Third Way, a moderate think tank, at a meeting in Washington on Friday.

Why does this matter?

Republicans are moving to intensify their investigative spotlight on the September 2012 armed assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya that killed four Americans.

Clinton and the State Department she headed at the time have been a primary focus of those inquiries, which Democrats contend long ago exhausted any investigative usefulness and are now bald partisan exercises aimed at discrediting President Barack Obama and damaging Clinton, a potential presidential candidate.

Reines is expected to detail what the Republican attacks on Benghazi will be as a House Select Committee gets going and how to best to refute them, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

"Some of us don't track these issues all the time," according to the source. "He [Reines] is somebody who can tell people how to understand this, why it is a big deal right now and what is the particular attack. … A lot of people, they just don't follow it day to day. He had to live it at the time."

When asked for comment, Reines referred CNN to Third Way.

The source at Third Way, however, cautioned against characterizing the event as a cabal of Clinton supporters and advisers. Instead, the source said it is a meeting of Democratic leaders on national security issues, some of who are close to Clinton.

"Several current and former aides were invited, along with other national security people," the source said, adding thought that Clinton has "strong support and a history in this community."

The group and its meeting, which was first reported by Politico, was first organized during the George W. Bush administration when Republicans seemingly dominated national security issues.

So Third Way organized a meeting of Democratic leaders to sit down regularly to talk about national security communication and "brainstorm about how to respond to various Republican attacks."

The group met semi-regularly for years and was fairly active around the 2012 election, according to the source. But since Obama won reelection, the group has been dormant.

Friday's meeting was characterized as "reviving" the event.

The timing is interesting, considering Clinton's much-anticipated memoir "Hard Choices" is set to come out on June 10. With the book's release comes stepped up media appearances for Clinton's aide and advisers – as well as the former first lady herself – where Benghazi will undoubtedly come up.

In anticipation, Correct the Record, a pro-Clinton research and communications outfit, conducted media training for different Clinton aides and supporters earlier this month, ahead of the book’s release.

Outside anti-Clinton super PACs plan to make the book – and especially Benghazi – their top priority after its release.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. ada ada

    So the so called "Third Way" is nadda but a puppet on strings with jurassic Clintonista democrats yanking them at their whims......LOL what a Joke of a group...

    May 28, 2014 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. HAM

    Just have Hillary tell it like it was... a video

    May 28, 2014 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Chris-E...al

    Clinton / Wiener ? ? ? Stranger things have happened you know ?

    May 28, 2014 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Smitty

    When over seas a risk of violence is always there, just quit lying about it, Obammy and Hilly need to man up (easier for hillY), Blaming it on a video is lame.

    May 28, 2014 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Get wellll Hillary Clinton .Retire All Your Fellow Americans Love You.

    May 28, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    --stop this Benghazi idiocy.

    May 28, 2014 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Name. willard

    Keep out of hillary clinton also she was lied
    Her story what happened of benghiziana

    May 28, 2014 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Gunderson

    Well, Lessee,
    We've tried all the other scams so let's try telling the truth. No! That will never work! We can't let the last 100 years go down the tubes! The Peasants still believe us, Lie, Cheat, and if necessary steal, Votes!

    May 28, 2014 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Clinton is into Benghazi right up to her NECK! Hopefully, this round will get to the truth, no matter how hard they try to continue the coverup.

    May 28, 2014 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. monkeebizns

    Don't forget to pick up your free "what difference does it make now" bbumper sticker at the front door.

    May 28, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. J Anthony

    This is most tiresome. The 2 parties are lost in a haze of power-games and political brinkmanship. There is a profound lack of humanity and conscience on the right, and a superficialempathy on the left. Real change will not be allowed within the confines of an inherently corrupt system. Can we not see this by now?

    May 28, 2014 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. tom l

    I think THAT was the sincere look she gave when she told the father of the fallen Navy Seal that we were gonna arrest that guy (for tax evasion) that made the video several days after the attack

    May 28, 2014 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. MrFreedomMaker

    If you have nothing to hide why not jsut stick with telling the truth. I may have answered my own question. I will say however Obama played Hillary like a $10 fiddle.

    May 28, 2014 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. Name Uche Agonsi

    The GOPers definitely are re-defining DEMOCRACY. Its the witch-hunting level now with associated hate politicking. Not even a SAINT or anybody with the wisdom of historical Socratis is capable of pleasing the 1% that now terrorise US politics with witch-hunting in the name of democracy. Both the American people/voters and the media must resist this brand of hate induced witch-hunting politics, because as the saying goes "No man is ideal and those that live by the sword die by the sword. ........ And by the reading Obama Foreign Policy concept which portrays a lot rare intellectual moralty and idealism ever heard in world super power political manoeuvres.....Mmmmh is a GREAT PLEASURE.

    May 29, 2014 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    The book is the book. where it talks Benghazi it may have relevance to the Select Committee. However, foregone conclusion is the committee try to use other parts of the book as evidence to support some kind of larger conspiracy theory, which 99.5% never get conclusively proven.
    Rice gave the original data not HRC I do not see that any kind of big wrong doing.
    Even if the initial assessment wrong was I.e Qu'ran insult, maybe yes (or no depends which side your on to start with) and even if no and it was completely a full blown terrorist attack..... ooops no time at all to do a rescue with the manpower on site or close..
    Without some kind of conspiracy theory unproven by 35,000 document 8+ hearings and $ millions spent looking for that but not a solution to the problem of inadequate resources to defend our Diplomats.
    Please stop and put those millions into roads, education, food stamps or whatever but stop this futile witch hunt!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    May 29, 2014 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  16. Thomas

    Benghazi .

    Will the do nothing congress focus on Benghazi til the Christmas reassess ?

    May 29, 2014 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  17. Donna

    The source at Third Way, however, cautioned against characterizing the event as a cabal of Clinton supporters and advisers. Instead, the source said it is a meeting of Democratic leaders on national security issues, some of who are close to Clinton.
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    Yes, heaven forbid somebody actually describe it accurately! Isn't it interesting they are so concerned about Benghazi while all the leftist loons in here try to make a joke of the deaths of 4 Americans. Could they be worried it is a very real issue and problem for Hillary Clinton because most Americans are not buying her lies?

    discrediting President Barack Obama and damaging Clinton, a potential presidential candidate.
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    But both Obama and Clinton have already been proven total liars when it comes to Benghazi. Both have also been proven total incompetents and both have still not accounted for their actions and decisions before, during and after the attack. Almost two years after the attack, nobody has been brought to justice and nobody knows what Hillary Clinton and Obama were doing all during the time this attack was happening (7-9 hours).

    May 29, 2014 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  18. Monomachos

    It's pretty clear that Ms Clinton failed on this "3 a.m. phone call", both in the leadup to the attack and in its aftermath when she and her team blamed a video protest that no one in Libya that night said had occured. Strategy: blame the republicans.

    May 29, 2014 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  19. Sniffit

    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!!! Why are they so worried about Benghazi?! Don't they know it was all just one big joke and a false scandal? Those four Americans deserved to die because they were in a dangerous place. What difference does it all make?!! What is of primary importance is that the true never come out because it is all very bad news for Hillary Clinton and Obama. The massive incompetence and negligence of both would tank their approval ratings. Well, maybe not with Democrats as we absolutely love incompetence and negligence as well as criminals.

    May 29, 2014 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  20. California Liberal

    Hillary Clinton is a PINO, Progressive In Name Only. She voted for the Iraq war and is in bed with big business as is shown by her Board seat on the Walmart Board of Directors. I could never vote for this woman as she is not a true Progressive, she is not a true leftist worthy of the name. Frankly I don't know what she is. She just seems to think she is owed the Presidency because at one time she lived in the White House.

    May 29, 2014 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  21. king

    Benghazy, Benghazy, is this all the repubs can show that they've accomplished in the past six years. I know one thing, they better don't try and mention, anything thing about jobs jobs jobs this election. I know bohner will talk about any thing and stick the word jobs at the end of the phrase, but that tactic won't work this time.

    May 29, 2014 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  22. Nanjing03

    Clinton supports ... ??!! Neither Clinton is a part of our government and both were sent packing in shame. Who cares what they think or support. Ask somebody who counts next time.

    May 29, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  23. Claude

    The main thing that's come out about Benghazi is the American people's disinterest in this trumped up so-called 'crisis.'

    May 29, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  24. Johnnie

    If it was one of the Clinton's or Obama's kids working in Benghazi, you can be sure this never would have happened. They would have had security up the whazoo. And if something did happen, you can be sure help would have been sent. And if something did happened to them, you can be sure the killers would have been hunted down and brought to justice by now. But these people were not of the ruling Democrat class and were therefore expendable.

    May 29, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. rs

    Monomachos

    It's pretty clear that Ms Clinton failed on this "3 a.m. phone call", both in the leadup to the attack and in its aftermath when she and her team blamed a video protest that no one in Libya that night said had occured. Strategy: blame the republicans.
    ____________________
    Sure, 'cause like cutting the State Department's security funds (which the GOP did) would have no effects, right? Especially when staff as 400 miles from the embassy. Also- it was the CIA that floated the video story- after all it was their operation. BTW- the event happened around Noon DC time. Try facts, they are enlightening.

    May 29, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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