Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sought to distance herself further from the deaths of four Americans in the Benghazi attacks during an interview with 60 Minutes that was broadcast Sunday.
Although Clinton said in the interview that, as America’s secretary of state, she “took responsibility” after the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, she also pointed the finger at others for security failings before they took place.
Clinton said she was not at fault for the Benghazi attacks in which four Americans were killed, citing the multiple investigations into the events and the fact that none of them charged her with negligence.
She said that after the attacks, she took a leadership role to prevent future such incidents.
“When this happened in Benghazi, I immediately stood up an independent committee – distinguished Americans, military and civilian experts,” she said. “They came out and they said, ‘You know, the ball was dropped – in security. And, you know, some of the decisions that were made, probably should have been rethought.’”
CBS’s Scott Pelley then asked, “But wasn’t that your ball to carry?”
“No, it wasn’t. It was not my ball to carry,” Clinton said.
“Read all of the reports, all many hundreds of pages of them, including this latest one, which was a political exercise from the very beginning,” she said, then added a comment about pre-attack reports. “Those never reached me. Those never came to my attention.”
Rick Moran, writing on The American Thinker, said even if that were true, Clinton would still be responsible as the head of the State Department.
“If the alarming reports from Libya about the lack of security at the diplomatic compound never reached her desk, her top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills should have been fired,” he wrote. “Someone, somewhere, higher than a mid level functionary must have seen those requests for additional security help. And the failure to pass the requests on to Clinton — if there was a failure — constitutes gross negligence.” (For more from the author of “Clinton’s Claim About Benghazi Sparks Instant Outrage” please click HERE)