Much to everyone's surprise, Univision anchor and Democrat debate co-moderator Jorge Ramos asked some fairly difficult questions of party frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
One such question surrounded the Benghazi debacle for which Clinton was responsible.
Commenting on issues of "trust," Ramos brought up an e-mail contact Hillary had with her daughter Chelsea on the night of Benghazi embassy siege. Newsbusters provides the transcript excerpts below:
[O]n the night of the attacks in Benghazi, you are sent an e-mail to your daughter Chelsea saying that an al-Qaeda-like group was responsible for the killing of the Americans. However some of the families claim you lied to them[.]
He then aired a clip of the late Sean Smith’s mother Patricia calling out the Obama administration during an October appearance on the Fox News Channel: “Hillary and Obama and Panetta and Biden and Susan Rice all told me it was a video when they knew it was not the video and they said that they would call me and let me know what the outcome was.”
Ramos asked Clinton if she did in fact lie to those families.
In trademark fashion, cold as ice, Clinton brushed off the accusation, saying that while she has a "great deal of sympathy for the families" Pat Smith is "absolutely wrong." Clinton's response follows:
You know, look, I feel a great deal of sympathy for the families of the four brave Americans that we lost at Benghazi, and I certainly can't even imagine the grief that she has for losing her son, but she's wrong. She's absolutely wrong. I and everybody in the administration, all the people she named, the President, the Vice President, Susan Rice, we were scrambling to get information that was changing literally by the hour and when we had information, we made it public but then sometimes we had to go back and say we have new information that contradicts it, so I testified for 11 hours. Anybody who watched that and listened to it knows that I answered every question that I was asked and when it was over, the Republicans had to admit they didn't learn anything. Why? Because there had already been one independent investigation, there had been seven or eight congressional investigations, mostly led by Republicans who all reached the same conclusions, that there were lessons to learned and this is not the first time we lost Americans in a terrorist attack.
At least Ramos challenged that answer, repeating the fact that what Clinton told her daughter and what she told the victims' families are two completely different stories. Clinton then invoked the old "fog of war" chestnut:
Well, Jorge, that makes my point. At the time, I e-mailed with my daughter, a terrorist group had taken credit for the attacks on our facility in Benghazi. Within 16, 18 hours, they rescinded taking credit. They did it all on social media and the video did play a role. We have captured one of the lead terrorists and he admits it was both a terrorist attack and it was influenced by the video. This was fog of war. This was complicated. The most effective, comprehensive reports and studies demonstrate that. Look, as I said in the beginning, I deeply regret that we lost four Americans and I, of course, sympathize with members of the families who, you know, are still very much grieving and I wish that there could be an easy answer at the time, but we learned a lot and the intelligence kept improving and we learned enough to say what we think happened at Benghazi.
One thing is certain, Clinton is adept at lying. Sadly, Benghazi is a distant memory, if that, for the American people -- mainly because the mainstream media made sure to sweep the debacle under the rug. Ramos did his job in brining up the issue now, but come general election-time, we somehow think the topic will be off the table.