CNN’s Keilar: Clinton ‘out of Touch’ on Repercussions of Her Benghazi Testimony

‘E-mails newly released by the State Department show denial among top Clinton aides that controversial moment in her testimony was damaging’


TAPPER: “Politics lead now. Drip, drip, drip of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails continues. State Department just released another batch of work-related e-mails that Clinton sent from her prichlt e-mail server while secretary of state. They included e-mail to Chelsea who used the pseudonym Diane ray nolds. She publicly blamed anti-Muslim video privately e-mailing Chelsea it was terrorism. Brianna keilar read through the e-mails. No surprise, Clinton and her team focused on her political image throughout her time at State Department.”

KEILAR: “Very concerned and, at times, out of touch with repercussions of some testimony. It’s not surprising that Clinton’s aides and friends were looking out for her. But it is fascinating to really pull back the curtain as they assured her she never firmly committed to the notion of the attack on Benghazi was born out of a protest over a video depicting the Prophet Muhammad.”

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KEILAR (voice-over): “The most memorable moment from Hillary Clinton’s 2013 testimony on the terrorist establishes in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including ambassador Chris Stevens.

CLINTON: “Because of a protest or guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?”

KEILAR (voice-over): “E-mails newly released by the State Department show denial among top Clinton aides that controversial moment in her testimony was damaging. As congratulatory messages from Clinton supporters poured in, mark Penn aired this concern, I don’t think the emotion in the hearing works to your advantage. Looks like they rattled you. A top aide dismissed assessment, e-mailing the secretary, give me a break. You do not look rattled. You looked real. There’s a difference, a big one. Also in the batch, e-mail sent hours after the attack, from Clinton to Diane Reynolds, a pseudonym used by her daughter Chelsea, telling her two officers were killed in Benghazi by an al Qaeda-like group. In a public statement, that same night, Clinton raised the possibility that, inflammatory material posted on the Internet, a reference to video portraying Muslim prophet Muhammad, was a precursor to the attack. Five days later, U.N. Ambassador Susan rice expanded on the inaccurate assessment.”

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