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.
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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.