At a televised New Hampshire town hall, Hillary Clinton took a hard line against House Republicans investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack calling the Benghazi Select Committee highly politicized. Clinton also pushed back at critics regarding her use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State saying she would not have investigated a Republican if the situation was reversed.

Report from The Hill

Hillary Clinton on Monday ripped Republicans for politicizing the Benghazi terror attack and declared herself the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, displaying some of the fire Democrats believe has so far been lacking from her campaign.

In a nationally televised New Hampshire town hall event broadcast on NBC’s “Today,” Clinton accused Republicans of exploiting the deaths of four Americans in the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, to score political points against her, crowed about her national and early-voting state polling leads and made impassioned liberal arguments for gun control and income equality.

Clinton’s strongest moment came when she was angered by a suggestion from co-anchor Savannah Guthrie that if the roles were reversed, she would investigate a member of the Republican administration for using a personal email account and server.
“I would never have done that,” Clinton shot back. “Look at the situation they chose to exploit to go after me for political reasons, the death of four Americans in Benghazi. I knew [Ambassador Christopher Stevens]. I identified him. I asked him to go there. I asked the president to nominate him.”

Clinton said seven nonpartisan investigations concluded that “I and nobody did anything wrong, but there were changes we could make.”

She seized on a comment made last week by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) linking the House Select Committee on Benghazi with her falling poll numbers as a GOP accomplishment.

“This committee was set up, as they have admitted, for the purpose of making a partisan political issue out of the deaths of four Americans,” Clinton said. “I would never have done that. If I were president and there were Republicans or Democrats thinking about that, I would have done everything to shut it down.”

Clinton will testify in front of the committee later this month in what will be a critical moment for her presidential hopes.

With the possible threat of Joe Biden entering the race and the first Democratic debate coming up next Wednesday, the need for Hillary to start pushing back hard could not be more clear. She’s lagging in some early state polls against Bernie Sanders and the aura of inevitability seems to have vanished, depending on who you ask.

Polling indicates she’s hemorrhaging support over the steady drip of email server stories which continue to surface almost weekly. If there’s ever a time for Hillary to go on offense to try and steady the ship, it must be before the national spotlight is turned on the entire Democratic field next Wednesday on CNN.

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  1. Interesting that The Hill referred to the investigations as ‘nonpartisan’ as it’s long been known to be otherwise.

    Even righties have admitted that it was always partisan.

    Of course, they also claim that it was a pro-Clinton partisanship.

    • Actually, the Hill didn’t call the investigations as “nonpartisan,” at least, not in this excerpt. It was Hillary, who said “nonpartisan” investigations exonerated her.

      I do think Benghazi should be investigated–but the investigation should be about what the CIA was doing there, and whether it’s true that they were funneling guns to other groups. Iran-Contra sort of stuff.

      The idea of trying to blame one person for the event has always been despicable–unless you could find that there was one person who planned the attack.

      • You’re correct. I misinterpreted the sentence.

        I’m with you on the investigation we all know will never happen.

      • I’m filing an official complaint against Surfisher née Hillary for Prison 2016.

        In opening my e-mail this afternoon I found 30 ‘responses’ from him saying, “Why haven’t you banned this creature from this forum yet —

        “Progressive Republican” — not only does it display the Nazi Swastika
        symbol with each post, but it also is a paid liberal shill (look at how
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        Your forum is for regular folks, right?
        Not for paid shills to post asinine repetitive propaganda — so why is
        this paid shill still posting here…?!

        This is bullshit.

        I’ve put up with his crap.

        I’ve put up with having our mutual crap-flinging deleted.

        I’ve put up with his crap-flinging allowed to remain posted so long I fail to respond in kind.

        Wtf?

    • Swastika Boy — still polluting this forum with your Nazi symbolism….?

      No wonder you defend Hitlery…..

      • “Hitlery”..That’s what Middle School kids do to tease other students, corrupt their name into something unflattering. You’re just an immature little pussy boy, making up names to call people. Grow up, bitch.

    • Why haven’t you banned this creature from this forum yet —
      “Progressive Republican” — not only does it display the Nazi Swastika
      symbol with each post, but it also is a paid liberal shill (look at how
      many posts it has made in less than 5 years, OVER 12,000 — that’s not a
      hobby, but a JOB !!!).

      Your forum is for regular folks, right?
      Not for paid shills to post asinine repetitive propaganda — so why is
      this paid shill still posting here…?!

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