Fox News’ Bret Baier kicked off Tuesday’s joint interview with Hillary Clinton by grilling on the details of the 2012 attack in Benghazi and did not let up eight solid minutes. Beginning with today’s news about the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, Baier wanted to know why it took so long to arrest the alleged “mastermind” of the attack when he had been “hiding in plain sight.”
Clinton disputed that capturing Khattala earlier would have been as easy as Baier suggested, saying that this past weekend’s mission “posed difference challenges” than the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. She said that everyone around the world who intended on harming Americans “needs to know” that the U.S. will do whatever it takes, no matter how long it takes, to bring them to justice.
Asked how she would handle the prosecution of Khattala if she were president, Clinton affirmed that like the Obama administration she would want to see him tried in a U.S. criminal court. Baier then moved from the present to the past, focusing on the hours and days following the Benghazi attack, including who Clinton was and was not in direct communication with as the attack unfolded.
When Baier asked Clinton specifically about the “Innocence of Muslims” video that intelligence officials first believed incited the attack, she reiterated that her focus at the time was more on the safety of the diplomats stations in Benghazi than the cause of the attack. “I had a very clear sense of priorities,” she said. “Protect our people, get them to it safety, make sure that other attacks or threatened attacks at American embassies are not going to happen.”
For Fox News viewers who still have “a lot of questions” about Benghazi, Clinton directed them to the State Department website, where they can read the unclassified version of the Accountability Review Board.
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