Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton show the former Secretary of State was very worried about her image after the 2012 Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead.
According to National Review:
“The latest trove of Hillary Clinton e-mails released by the State Department show concern among her staff over how she and the White House characterized the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, with a top aide coaching the secretary of state on how to explain earlier statements that the attack was caused by a YouTube video.
Clinton’s staff was worried about how questions surrounding the attack could affect the secretary’s image just a few days after terrorists struck the State Department compound in Benghazi. After White House national-security adviser Susan Rice went on the Sunday talk shows on September 16, 2012, top aide Jake Sullivan sent a transcript and after-action report directly to Clinton.
“She wasn’t asked about whether we had any intel,” he wrote. “But she did make clear our view that this started spontaneously and then evolved.” That view was disputed by several officials in the Department’s Near East’s Affairs Bureau, who said at the time that Rice “was off the reservation.” Sullivan also called it “troubling” that Rice’s suggested investigation could find the State Department negligent in providing security for their employees, but added that “she had been pushed there.”