After an Illinois congressman said then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton screamed at another lawmaker for suggesting that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, she used an intermediary to fire back, calling the congressman’s statement “nothing short of brazen deceit.” The two camps are now engaged in a war of words.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, fired the opening salvo in the form of a Wednesday bombshell statement:
“Two days after [the Benghazi] attack we were in a briefing with Hillary Clinton and she screamed at a member of Congress who’d dare suggest that this was a terrorist attack,” said Kinzinger, who is also a pilot in the Air National Guard.
The Clinton camp returned fire in a statement sent to The Hill by Clinton aide Nick Merrill, on condition that the statement be published in its entirety. It reads:
Here are the facts: on September 20th, 2012, nine days after the attack – not two as he falsely stated – Secretary Clinton was part of two large briefings held for the benefit of all 535 Members of Congress. Hundreds of House members were present for their session, and more than 90 Senators attended theirs. On January 23rd, 2013, she testified publicly before both the Senate and House. Those are the only two times Adam Kinzinger would have been within a mile of her.
So we are to believe that he woke up today, 10 months and 27 days later, and suddenly remembered he heard something that 434 other people somehow missed? Not so much. What happened this morning was nothing short of brazen deceit.
Kinzinger reiterated his statement on Fox and Friends Friday before the Clinton reply, stating that “Yeah, absolutely” she lied at the closed-door meeting two days after the attack.
“Basically, in a very loud angry voice she says, ‘it’s irresponsible to even suggest this is a terrorist attack, this is a YouTube video, we know that there are protests all over and we need to be very careful about how we say this,’ and basically chided this member of Congress,” Kinzinger said.
“I actually sat there in that meeting and said, ‘well the secretary believes this is a YouTube video because of how passionately she’s arguing that,’” he added. “But now we found out … that they knew this whole time that it was a terrorist attack, including when it was happening.”
Watch Kinzinger’s appearance on Fox and Friends