Hillary Clinton’s State Department said tonight that it never linked the September 11, 2012 attack against our consulate in Benghazi to the now infamous controversial YouTube video. The attack killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
The Obama Campaign and White House insisted for weeks that the attack was the result of a protest against the anti-Islam video that got out of control, when they knew almost immediately that it was a planned terror attack.
Make no mistake: This is huge. Hillary felt like she was going to get scapegoated, so she threw the entire White House and campaign under the bus.
Briefing reporters ahead of a hotly anticipated congressional hearing Wednesday, State Department officials provided their most detailed rundown of how a peaceful day in Benghazi devolved into a sustained attack that involved multiple groups of men armed with weapons such as machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars over an expanse of more than a mile.
But asked about the administration’s initial – and since retracted – explanation linking the violence to protests over an anti-Muslim video circulating on the Internet, one official said, “That was not our conclusion.” He called it a question for “others” to answer, without specifying. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter, and provided no evidence that might suggest a case of spontaneous violence or angry protests that went too far.