8 May 2013, 10:30

Republican lawmakers have found a new target to blame for Benghazi attack

Хиллари Клинтон

Republican lawmakers have found new target to blame for the last year’s deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton. The GOP-led investigation centers heavily on the State Department.

To Democrats, the efforts amount to a baseless and less-than-subtle crusade to tarnish the credentials of Clinton, one of the country’s most popular political figures and the overwhelming favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

“They’re no longer going after the White House, perhaps because the president’s not running for re-election, and they’re going after the former secretary of state, perhaps because she will be,” - said Adam B. Schiff, a senior member of the Select Committee on Intelligence.

In an interview Tuesday with CNN, the mother of State Department official Sean Smith, who died in the attacks, said she blames Clinton because “she is in charge. Why wouldn’t she do something about it? I blame her.”

“She was very smart — at some level because she’s been through so many of these kinds of situations in the past — not to say or do anything that was inaccurate or would in any way be inconsistent with the enormous credibility she earned as secretary of state,” - Democratic strategist Chris Lehane said.

Republican lawmakers, along with Fox News and other conservative media, are digging into the complex details surrounding the case.

In an interview, conservative activist Gary Bauer said that the investigation itself undercuts Clinton’s credibility.

Republicans, hope that continued scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s leadership in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack will undermine one of the strongest aspects of her public profile.

Voice of Russia, Washington Post

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