WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says someone in the State Department “misheard” her when she wondered aloud whether the United States still had a presence in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.
Rep. Martha Roby asked Clinton at Thursday’s House Benghazi Committee hearing about an email exchanged between two State staffers on February 9, 2012, seven months before the attack on the U.S. consulate that left four Americans dead. The staffers said that Clinton asked aloud whether the U.S. still had a presence in Benghazi, and said that Clinton would be “upset” to know that we were still there but that security was very weak.
“I can’t speak to that,” Clinton said of the email. “Of course I knew we had a presence in Benghazi. I can’t speak to what someone either heard or misheard.”
“I have no recollection of it and it doesn’t correspond with the facts of what were doing on a regular basis,” Clinton said.
Clinton also admitted that it still had not been decided by the day of the attack whether the U.S. compound in Benghazi was a consulate or some other kind of official entity.