Politics

Hillary Clinton: No Need For Another Benghazi Investigation

| by Jared Keever

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she doesn’t think there is a need for another investigation into Benghazi.

Answering questions from ABC News’ Robin Roberts during an event at the Ford Foundation in New York City, Clinton said she was “absolutely” satisfied with answers from previous investigations and that she is content with what she knows.

Clinton was head of the State Department on September 11, 2012 when the attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya occurred. The attackers killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four other Americans.

Republicans have maintained since the attack that White House officials sought to downplay the significance of the violence in an attempt to shield President Obama from political fallout in the months before the 2012 presidential election.

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Four House committees have investigated the events in Libya, but newly released emails from within the Obama administration have prompted Republicans to call for one more.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, acquiesced to calls from fellow party members and announced that he would form a select committee to probe the matter again.

“It was time for us to bring this together into one place and to focus our efforts,” Boehner said Wednesday according to ABC News. “This is all about getting to the truth. This is not going to be a sideshow, it’s not going to be a circus. This is a serious investigation.”

Clinton told Roberts the same day that even if all of the questions have been answered an additional investigation seems inevitable.

"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,” she said. “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 Congress.”

For Republicans a final investigation may be a clever political move. A public hearing would give prominent members of the GOP an opportunity to discredit President Obama, but it would also provide a platform from which to attack Clinton, who may run for president in 2016.

According to a Washington Post blog that reported on her comments, a recent poll shows that 51 percent of respondents believe Clinton should run for president, but only 15 percent believe Benghazi is the biggest blemish on her career.

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., is also presumed to be eyeing a shot at the White House in 2016. He was among those urging Boehner to form the new investigative committee and he told Fox News on Monday that he believes Clinton should be subpoenaed to appear before the panel. 

“Some big mistakes were made under Hillary Clinton's watch,” he said.

Sources: ABC News, Washington Post, Fox News