Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she is “absolutely” satisfied with what she knows about the Benghazi terror attack, and cast doubt on the intentions of House Republicans spearheading a select committee to investigate it.
“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,” Clinton said in an appearance in New York.
“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 the Congress,” she said.
The remarks were her first public comments on the formation of a select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012, terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Benghazi has become a partisan flashpoint over President Barack Obama’s conduct of foreign policy and is likely to dog Clinton as she considers launching another White House run.
Republicans have held her culpable since she led the State Department at the time, and some have said the attack should disqualify her from holding elected office.
At multiple events this year, Clinton has said Benghazi was her “biggest regret” from her tenure as America’s top diplomat.
“It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans, two diplomats and now it is public so I can say two CIA operatives,” she said previously in New Orleans.
A Senate report earlier this year said the attack was “likely preventable” based on known security shortfalls and prior warnings that the security situation there was deteriorating.
The decision to launch a new investigation follows the disclosure of information last week that Republicans say supports their contention the White House politicized its public response to the armed assault.
Democrats have bristled at the formation of a select committee since other congressional panels have been investigating the matter since it occurred. They counter that Republicans have politicized the investigation.
“My biggest regret is what happened in Benghazi,” Clinton said in New Orleans. “It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans, two diplomats and now it is public so I can say two CIA operatives.”