McLaughlin Group‘s Eleanor Clift : ‘Ambassador Stevens Wasn’t Murdered’

Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift said on Sunday’s The McLaughlin Group that late U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed the night of the Benghazi attacks, had not been murdered but had died from “smoke inhalation.”

“I’d like to point out that Ambassador Stevens was not ‘murdered,'” Clift said, using air quotes, “but died of smoke inhalation in a CIA safe room.”

This did not land well. “It was a terrorist attack, Eleanor,” panelist-for-life Pat Buchanan said. “He was murdered in a terrorist attack.”

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Clift responded that it was an opportunistic terrorist attack inflamed by the anti-Muslim video, the blaming of which has caused so much trouble. “It was still a CIA [outpost],” Clift said. “If you’re going to put somebody on trial, put David Petraeus on trial, not Hillary Clinton.”

Host John McLaughlin finally stopped the discussion, saying “We’re going to be returning to this subject, I’m sure, repeatedly over the next six months.” Promise?

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