Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed the Republican-controlled Benghazi House committee on Oct. 5 while being interviewed at a New Hampshire town hall by "Today" show host Savannah Guthrie (video below).
Clinton referred to comments made by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Fox News last week about how the Benghazi investigation was a "strategy" that brought down Clinton's poll numbers.
Clinton told Guthrie:
Look at the situation they chose to exploit, to go after me for political reasons, the death of four Americans in Benghazi. I knew the ambassador. I identified him. I asked him to go there. I asked the president to nominate him.
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There have been seven investigations, led mostly by Republicans in the Congress, and they were nonpartisan, and they reached conclusions that, first of all, I and nobody did anything wrong, but there were changes we could make.
This committee was set up as they have admitted for the purpose of making a partisan political issue out of the death of four Americans. I would have never done that, and if I were President, and there were Republicans or Democrats who were thinking about that, I would have done everything to shut it down.
Clinton added that she is looking forward to testifying in front of the committee on Oct. 22, notes The Washington Times.
Clinton referred to McCarthy’s comments as “deeply distressing” during an interview on MSNBC on Oct. 4 (video below), reports Yahoo! News.
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So, when I hear a statement like that, which demonstrates unequivocally, that this was always meant to be a partisan political exercise, I feel like it does a grave disservice and dishonors not just the memory of the four that we lost, but of everybody who has served our country.