Patricia Smith, whose son, Sean Smith was killed in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya stated that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “lying,” she isn’t concerned about the Benghazi Select Committee’s hearing being partisan, and her son “didn’t expect to live till morning” on Wednesday’s “CNN Newsroom.”
Smith said she’s looking for answers to “How did my son die? Why did Hillary choose what she chose? What — how come she made such bad decisions, that my son and the ambassador and the other two guys got killed? There’s a whole bunch of questions I have. I need her to make some answers.
Smith added, “Three years ago Hillary promised that — when I went to the casket ceremony in Washington, she promised she would get back to me and tell me what happened. She has not called me. She has not contacted me. She has not given me any information, except to tell me that I am not a member of the immediate family, and I do not need to know.
After being played a clip of Hillary’s previous testimony, where she stated, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Smith declared, “She’s lying! She’s absolutely lying! She told me something entirely different at the casket ceremony. She said it was because of the video, and that she would get back to me and tell me what happened with my son. She has not only not gotten back to me, but all I’ve ever heard is that I am not to know because I am not a member of the immediate family. I still want to know. I saw on TV the bloody fingerprints on the walls over there. I asked specifically, are those my son’s fingerprints crawling down the wall, the bloody fingerprints? Nobody ever got back to me on that. Are those his fingerprints? Were those his fingerprints? What happened? Somebody’s got to tell me from the government.”
Smith also said, “they’ve told me about some kind of person that they caught, that was there that caused all this. I don’t believe any of it, and that’s the legal department called me and told me that. I don’t believe that, and I don’t care about that. I want to know about my son.”
Smith was then asked, “These hearings have taken on a partisan tone. Does that worry you?” She responded, “Not in the least, not in the least. It is not partisan. The thing is, this was Hillary’s department, and she is the one that made the choices, made the decisions, made everything necessary, and caused it to happen, and killed my son.”
Smith continued, “I want her to just own up, tell me what happened, just tell me so I can get some peace out of this. She hasn’t bothered telling me, and she has no intention of telling me. In fact, she has told her people — or, I don’t know if it’s her personally that did this, or her people that said, that nobody should tell me anything because I shouldn’t know.”
She also added, “I want to hear what Hillary has to say. If she takes all day and all night to say something, I want to be there. I want to hear it. I want to hear it from her lips, as she’s lying to the American public again.”
Smith also said, “my son called me the night before. He called me from there, from Libya, to tell me that he was really worried because he saw the people — some guys out there. I guess he mentioned the February 17, whoever that is. He said they were out there taking pictures of everything, casing the place, and it looks like there’s going to be a big problem, and there was no security and that he asked for security, and he was turned down.”
She later added, “when this thing was going on, he was typing into his computer to his friends. He says, ‘If I live till morning,’ and he didn’t expect to live till morning, because he says everything was happening out there. This is a hell of a thing to have to tell your mother, that you’re not going to make it.”
Smith also stated her son, “did what he was asked to do. He was the — he did what the ambassador wanted. He was the — I asked him one time, I said, ‘Sean, what are you? What do you do?’ He says, ‘I’m a clerk.’ So from that, you can take whatever you want. He’s a clerk, that was — went to all different kind of places that he was sent. He was a communications guy. He was my son. He was a sweetheart.”
She concluded, “Please, make her tell what’s — what happened.”
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