Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said former Secretary of State and likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should be subpoenaed to testify before the new House Select Committee on Benghazi.
During a Monday evening appearance on Sean Hannity’s television program on the Fox News Channel with guest host Eric Bolling, Paul replied, “Well, absolutely” when Bolling asked if Clinton should be subpoenaed. “We need to know who was responsible, and she was in charge,” he stated.
Furthermore, Paul asserted:
We need to make sure something like this never happens again. Some big mistakes were made under Hillary Clinton’s watch. The first mistake was, I think, in the middle of a civil war, they should have never had this embassy or consulate under state department command. I would’ve had it under military command. But so many times, people asked Hillary Clinton for more security, and it was turned down. Someone needs to ultimately accept responsibility for this, in order for us to say, you know, that we’re not gonna let this happen again.
Bolling asked Paul about comments from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who called on Democrats to boycott the select committee. Bolling questioned whether, if Democrats go through with such a boycott, they’d be “complicit” in the Benghazi “coverup.”
“I would say what it does is it dishonors the memories of these four brave individuals who died, the ambassador and the security detail, and one of his assistants in the embassy,” Paul said of Democrats’ boycott threats. “It dishonors their memory and what they died for, if Democrats are just gonna say, ‘Hey, we don’t care,’ you know. It’s sort of like Secretary Clinton when she came and she said, ‘What’s the difference?'”
In answer to Clinton’s question, Paul offered, “Well, the difference is one to make their deaths something that we remember and that we will try and do better with, but also to remember their service to their country. And so yeah, I think if the Democrats say, ‘Oh, it’s not important enough for us to come and figure out these answers,’ I think it really does a disservice to their memory.”