Hillary Clinton: No reason for new Benghazi committee, but GOP ‘calls the shots’ in the House
May 7th, 2014
05:34 PM ET
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Hillary Clinton: No reason for new Benghazi committee, but GOP ‘calls the shots’ in the House

Updated 6:47 p.m. ET, 5/7/2014

New York (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she is "absolutely" satisfied with what she knows about the Benghazi terror attack, and cast doubt on the intentions of House Republicans spearheading a select committee to investigate it.

"I mean of course there are a lot of reasons why, despite all of the hearings, all of the information that’s been provided, some choose not to be satisfied and choose to continue to move forward," Clinton said in an appearance in New York.

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"That’s their choice and I do not believe there is any reason for it to continue in this way, but they get to call the shots in the Congress," she said.

The remarks were her first public comments on the formation of a select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012, terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Benghazi has become a partisan flashpoint over President Barack Obama’s conduct of foreign policy and is likely to dog Clinton as she considers launching another White House run.

Republicans have held her culpable since she led the State Department at the time, and some have said the attack should disqualify her from holding elected office.

At multiple events this year, Clinton has said Benghazi was her "biggest regret" from her tenure as America’s top diplomat.

"It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans, two diplomats and now it is public so I can say two CIA operatives," she said previously in New Orleans.

A Senate report earlier this year said the attack was "likely preventable" based on known security shortfalls and prior warnings that the security situation there was deteriorating.

The decision to launch a new investigation follows the disclosure of information last week that Republicans say supports their contention the White House politicized its public response to the armed assault.

Democrats have bristled at the formation of a select committee since other congressional panels have been investigating the matter since it occurred. They counter that Republicans have politicized the investigation.

"My biggest regret is what happened in Benghazi," Clinton said in New Orleans. "It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans, two diplomats and now it is public so I can say two CIA operatives."

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  1. king

    these repubs have no shame. how can you take a tragedy and use it as a fund raising proxy. ive seen repubs doing a lot of vile stuff the past five years, but this takes the cake, does these folks have no heart. they are profiting off dead Americans for crying out loud. i wonder if repubs in congress who control the power of the purse the purse, will start allocating money to the state department so they can properly guard our nations diplomats instead of trying to drown government in a bathtub. these repubs cutting everything and then expect things to happen in a makeshift way. the first thing this investigation should be addressing, is how to prevent stuff like Benghazi to happen again. and not just to point finger and wine about, hey the president didn't allow us to crucify him over Benghazi in 2012. well sour grape sour grape sour grape. if you guys don't have hard evidence that someone in the administration told the terrorist or protesters or who ever it was that killed four Americans to do it, pleas shut the bleep up and start giving the state department money to properly protect our diplomats.

    May 7, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. Kameron

    What a surprise! Clinton sees no need for an investigation because her hands are dirty.

    May 7, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. disqus_m4RzRjSnrs

    Oh my gosh. Did anyone think that Mrs. What difference does it make? think she would want any further investigation? The woman remains in a pile of vomit.

    May 7, 2014 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. Jeff

    She is wrong and probably largely culpable. Sad and tragic event that could have been avoided with better Leadership. Obama administration lied, Clinton included, and I Hope Congress takes them all to task for this and finally holds someone accountable ~ 28-Year plus US Veteran.

    May 7, 2014 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. MrManhattan

    GOP "Calls the shots"?

    So they know this is a drinking game too?

    May 7, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Name

    Just another red line.

    May 7, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. Jesse

    She ignored the advice of the RSO and actual experts in her own agency to facilitate the ideology that open welcoming embassies are better than secure ones.

    This battle within DOS has gone on back to Adm. Bobby Imman and Beirut in 83'. Hillary will have to live with the fact her incorrect ideology and neglect got 4 people killed.

    A house committee is overkill and Obama actually followed the advice of CIA to disinform and they are the experts. This gross negligence is Hillary's alone. Obama should have cut her loose right away.

    Embassy staffing is the secretary's job. Not the Presidents.

    May 7, 2014 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Pdizzle

    But by God, we'll get those people who made that video

    May 7, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. DC Observer

    Excuse me Mrs. Clinton, but since you and your President have never told us the whole truth about Benghazi before, I think it is proper to have an investigation.

    And if your Presidential slogan on everything controversial is going to me "What does it matter now" then I do not think Bill will ever become the nation's "First Man" in the White House.

    May 7, 2014 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Logictox

    She would only lie anyway. She let four Americans die. We should never forget her failure.

    May 7, 2014 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. Frankie

    This is all about politics. The republicans are now making this a fundraising issue so it is quite obvious what they are doing.

    May 7, 2014 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  12. Chipster

    This is a total waste of time and money. Nothing new will be learned from it and I seriously doubt that Hillary Clinton will consider running for President in 2016 anyhow. So the whole purpose of the committee (to undermine Clinton's run for President) is only in the Republican Party's nightmares. Oh well, Republicans aren't really doing anything in Congress anyhow so I guess they might as well waste time on this as anything else.

    May 7, 2014 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  13. Dan

    I asked four fervent Republican friends of mine (yes, I know...) if they knew where Benghazi was, and who died there. The answers: Ukraine, New Jersey, Cuba, and Syria. As to the names, no one knew.

    May 7, 2014 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  14. American

    Republicans believe they are entitled to "scandals" every news cycle. They can't understand why "the elite liberal media" isn't outraged... over a terrorist attack, involving Muslim extremists, in Libya, a lawless country where throngs of vigilantes recently dragged their former dictator's body through the street.

    Most people are thinking "doesn't that happen every day in the Middle East?" Sure enough, it does.

    May 7, 2014 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  15. Dbleagle

    So it isn't political when you lie about the murder of 4 Americans, and it isn't political when a women you had at your wedding covers for you when you lie during a Presidential debate, but it is political when you require elected officials to actually tell the truth. Ok, now I understand. That makes perfect sense. Thanks for clearing that up.

    May 8, 2014 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  16. DriveByPoster

    the story reads, "Hillary Clinton: No reason for new Benghazi committee"


    gee. are you *sure* hillary? if there is no reason for a new benghazi committee.. that would mean that you won't be indicted and tried for for manslaughter or negligent homicide... but if you think there shouldn't be one.. since you are so honest and were so honest when you told us that SNIPERS FIRED AT YOU IN BOSNIA... gee... we'll have to believe you.

    p.s. hillary... can you say, "hillary is a m0r0n that has lost touch with reality" ?

    yea.. i thought you could.

    May 8, 2014 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  17. ObamaIsMyHero

    Hillary regrets the cover-up and false narrative were exposed, nothing else.

    May 8, 2014 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  18. davis

    Of course she'd say that

    May 8, 2014 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  19. ja

    The Benghazi panel is Akins to the repeal wasted time of the affordable care act, America should recall the lift less GOP,

    May 8, 2014 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  20. Rax

    Yes Hillary there is. You lied yet again and should go to jail.

    May 8, 2014 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  21. nomad2003

    of course it is not needed by Ms. Clinton... she might find out, that "IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE". Why did she spend money on electric cars and charging stations in Austria, rather than spend the money on security.

    According to the CIA, they did not say it was a video, yet she was still spouting it weeks later...

    She was a nothing as a Secretary of State.

    May 8, 2014 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  22. Dianne in FL

    It is a terrible tragedy. As was the lives lost during the last administration. No one is more tragic than another. That said, the cut in funding for security obviously made them more vulnerable, and since Americans just Love airing all of our business/issues on the world stage, our enemies don't even have to work for information. Politics have become like a really bad Reality TV show.

    May 8, 2014 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  23. twokheish

    I hope too much they would find the truth but frankly l doubt it.

    May 8, 2014 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  24. tom

    Republicans need it because they no real ideas to run on.

    May 8, 2014 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  25. randalpnaditch

    I am quite sure, given the option, that Nixon would state the same thing about Watergate. Remember that crime was also about the coverup, not so much the scandal itself.

    May 8, 2014 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
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