Hillary Clinton and her department spent days after the Benghazi attack of September 11, 2012 telling the American people that the attack was the result of an "offensive" video posted to YouTube but on the night of the attack, she told her daughter it was a terror attack.
An email sent to Chelsea Clinton's online pseudonym Diane Reynolds at 11:12 pm on that day clearly said the attack in Libya was the result of an al-Qaida affiliated group.
"Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an Al Queda-like [sic] group," Clinton wrote. The email and transcripts of phone calls between Clinton and foreign leaders were read out by Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan.
The transcript of a phone call with Libyan President Mohammed Magariaf made minutes after the email to Chelsea, Secretary Clinton says clearly that the al-Qaida linked group Ansar al-Sharif was claiming responsibility for the attack.
Under questioning before the House Select Committee, Clinton said the conflicting statements of the violence being a planned attack by terror groups or spontaneous protest prompted by a YouTube video were the result of so much information coming in at once. And yet the transcript of another call days later shows that when not speaking to the American people, Clinton stuck with the line that Benghazi was a terror attack.
"We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack - not a protest," Clinton said in a phone call with Egypt's then Prime Minister Hisham Kandil. Clinton went on in the call to blame an al-Qaida affiliated group.
Almost a week after the attack on September 16, UN Ambassador Susan Rice went on several Sunday talk shows to continue pushing the message that the Benghazi attacks were the result of anger over a video.
The House Select Committee on Benghazi has been trying to get to the truth of the attacks for some time but have been stymied by Clinton's lack of openness and her use of a secret home-brew email server. She initially refused to hand over all emails from the account to the committee and then handed over a server that had been wiped clean. Backups of the server and technology have been used to uncover material that is shedding light on what really happened the night that four Americans were killed in an obvious terrorist attack.