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Did Hillary ‘Scream’ at a Congressman During a Benghazi Briefing?



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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.) is getting attention on conservative blogs for his recent comment discussing the Benghazi attack and investigation before an audience, asking, “Why, two days after this attack, were we in a briefing with Hillary Clinton, and she’s screaming at a member of Congress for daring to suggest this was a terrorist attack?”

Kinzinger’s office confirmed that Kinzinger is describing a classified briefing for all members of Congress held two days after the attacks.

Kinzinger actually addressed this point with Secretary Clinton when she testified about Benghazi before the House, back on January 23:

KINZINGER: When you briefed us, you said unequivocally this was a result of a video. I remember in fact, you got pretty upset when somebody suggested this was a terror attack. This was our briefing that we had. But we find out now it wasn’t a video, it was this terrorist attack.

Unfortunately, Clinton addressed that point very briefly in her response; Kinzinger asked about several matters, and she ran through several issues in her response:

CLINTON: With respect to the, um, the video, I– I did not say that it was video, that it was about the video for Libya. It certainly was for many of the other places where we were watching these disturbances. With respect to the Predator feed or video of the attack . . . 

Perhaps other members of Congress in attendance of that briefing will attest that the secretary indeed provided false information about the attacks, and reacted strongly and negatively when someone offered an assessment that turned out to be accurate.


Tags: Adam Kinzinger , Benghazi , Hillary Clinton


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