Hillary Clinton, in Wednesday night’s CNN debate, accused the Benghazi families of being dishonest when telling the media she told them a YouTube video sparked the attack that killed four Americans. Univision’s Jorge Ramos played a video of Sean Spicer’s mother, Pat Smith, recounting how Susan Rice, Leon Panetta, and Hillary Clinton told her “it was a video when they knew it was not a video” — and Ramos noted Hillary e-mailed Chelsea Clinton the night of the attack, telling her an Al Qaeda affiliate was responsible.
“Did you lie to” these families, he asked.
“She’s wrong, she’s absolutely wrong,” Clinton replied. “I and everybody in the administration, all the people she named, the president, the vice-president, Susan Rice, we were scrambling to get information that was changing literally by the hour. And when we had information, we made it public but then sometimes we had to go back and say we have new information that contradicts it.”
Clinton cited other terrorist attacks — the Marines barracks in Beirut, the embassy bombings in Africa, 9/11 — and lamented that “at no other time were those tragedies politicized.”
Ramos followed up, asking why she told Chelsea a different story. Clinton replied that this proved her point; at the time “a terrorist group had taken credit for the attacks on our facility in Benghazi; within 16, 18 hours, they rescinded taking credit. They did it all on social media, and the video did play a role.”