“As I have said many times, I take responsibility," Clinton said, adding that she directed the response to the attack on 9/11, briefed President Obama and stood in the Rose Garden with him when he called it “a terrorist attack” on 9/12.
Major questions remaining in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack and regarding the coverup still ongoing include who within the administration chose U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to deliver talking points about the attack to the American people on five different Sunday shows and who within the administration came up with those talking points. Today Clinton washed her hands of the situation, saying she did not choose Rice and did not help with talking points for her media appearances.
“People have accused Ambassador Rice and the administration of misleading Americans...nothing could be further than the truth," Clinton said. “I wasn’t involved in the talking points process.”
Clinton also said that nobody in the administration was or is “stuck on talking points.”
Republican Senators Johnson, Paul and McCain were all tough in their questioning of Clinton, but failed to specifically ask why the administration blamed the YouTube video for weeks, even after intelligence showed within hours the attack was planned and executed by terrorists. Clinton was however questioned about why the administration classified the attack as a result of a spontaneous protest which prompted Clinton to shout, “What difference does it make?”
“We have no doubt they were terrorists, they were militants, they attacked us, they killed our people but what was going on and why they were doing what they were doing is still unknown,” Clinton said.
As a reminder:
"I want to take a moment to take moment to address the video circulating on the internet that has led to these protests."The Obama administration also used $70,000 in taxpayer money to purchase an advertisement apologizing for the video on Pakistani television. The ad included an official message from the President of the United States Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage,” Clinton said. “But as I said yesterday there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence.”
The man who made the YouTube video that had nothing to do with the Benghazi attack, but was used as a scapegoat by the Obama administration after the attack, is still sitting in jail. Clinton will testify Wednesday afternoon before the House Armed Services Committee at 2 p.m. EST.
“We’ve been as transparent as we can,” Clinton said.