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Mom of murdered Benghazi officer tells Hannity heartbreaking story

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Sean Hannity with Pat Smith, mother of murdered State Department officer, Sean Smith, killed in Benghazi on 9-11
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The angry and distraught mother of State Department information management officer Sean Smith, who was killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11, spoke to Sean Hannity on his radio show Friday.

Pat Smith told Hannity her son knew of the poor security at the U.S. Consulate and even warned the State Department of an impending attack:

He did tell them, ahead of time, he typed it into his little typewriter over there, that they were going to be attacked: ‘Please, they needed more security,’ and they were ignored. And I don’t appreciate everybody going to bed and going to sleep and not taking care of the guys that they put in harm’s way, one of them being my son.

Mediaite clarified Smith’s statement, noting she may have been “referring to reports that President Obama went back to bed after learning of the attack on the compound.”

Smith emphatically said over and over that though she is constantly told to “shut up” and stop asking questions, she will not stop until she gets answers from someone in the administration about what happened the night her son and three others were killed when the U.S. Consulate was attacked.

Smith shared her experience with Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when her son’s casket was brought home:

SMITH: The President? I cried on his shoulder. And I was crying there and he’s patting me on the back and looking around to who he’s gonna talk to next. So I didn’t feel any comfort there. Hillary? I cried on her shoulder also, but she paid a little attention to me then walked off. Panetta took my face in his hands. I asked him: “Please, please let me know what happened, I’ve got to know!” And he took my face in his hands and he says, “Trust me, trust me. I will get back to you. I will let you know.” And guess how much I’ve heard from him since?

HANNITY: Nothing.

SMITH: You got it.

Hannity is one of several on Fox News who continues to report on the administration’s failure to answer questions about the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Mediaite reported Hannity’s heartwarming gesture to Smith at the end of the Friday interview:

Sean Smith will be honored at an award ceremony on May 3rd, but Ms. Smith was told she would have to pay her own way. As Ms. Smith’s income is limited to Social Security benefits, she could not afford to attend. Hannity balked at the idea that we justify costs for the First Family’s vacations and the White House concert series and parties, while “the mother of a slain hero from the Benghazi tragedy, which they screwed up because they didn’t listen to your son,” is not accommodated. Smith received a nice surprise – Hannity offered to pay for all her travel expenses (hotel, round-trip airfare, meals), as well as her guest’s, so that she can attend the ceremony, encouraging Smith to order a “big expensive steak dinner on me… with lobster on the side and a big bottle of wine.” A relieved and emotional Smith happily accepted.

Listen to the heart-wrenching interview via Mediaite here:

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