Remember this statement from Hillary Clinton, offered up for public consumption in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi disaster?:
I also want to take a moment to address the video circulating on the Internet that has led to these protests in a number of countries. Let me state very clearly – and I hope it is obvious – that the United States Government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. And as you know, we are home to people of all religions, many of whom came to this country seeking the right to exercise their own religion, including, of course, millions of Muslims. And we have the greatest respect for people of faith.
To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.
Turns out that according to <drumroll please> Mrs. Clinton's emails, she knew that was bohunk before, during, and after she said it:
[Representative Jim] Jordan [R-OH4] showed an email [Mrs.] Clinton sent her own family, in which she said officers were killed in Benghazi by a group like al Qaeda.
“You tell the American people one thing. You tell your family an entirely different story,” Jordan said.
On the night of the attack, Jordan said, [Mrs.] Clinton had a phone call with the president of Libya where she told him Ansar al-Sharia was claiming responsibility.
The next day, Jordan said, [Mrs.] Clinton told the Egyptian prime minister something “significant,” where she acknowledged they knew the attack in Libya had nothing to do with any video.
“We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film,” Jordan read out from
[Mrs.] Clinton’s email. “It was a planned attack. Not a protest. Let me read that one more time. We know, not we think, not it might be, we know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with a film. It was a planned attack. Not a protest. State Department experts knew the truth. You knew the truth, but that’s not what the American people got. Again, the American people want to know why. Why didn’t you tell the American people exactly what you told the Egyptian prime minister?” [emphases gleefully added]
A rhetorical question that, naturally, Her Nib did not, and never will, answer, even though everybody knows what that answer is.
“Well, I think if you look at the statement that I made, I clearly said that it was an attack, and I also said that there were some who tried to justify it on the basis of the video, Congressman,” [Mrs.] Clinton said.
Yeah, including her.
“Real quick, calling it an attack is like saying the sky’s blue. Of course it was an attack,” Jordan said. “We want to know the truth. The statement you sent out was a statement on Benghazi and you say vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material on the internet. If that’s not pointing as the motive being a video, I don’t know what is, and that’s certainly how the American people saw it.”
“Well, Congressman, there was a lot of conflicting information that we were trying to make sense of,” she said. “The situation was very fluid. It was fast-moving.”
Jordan showed with other emails that her top staffers were already discussing the political ramifications of the attack and how to respond. He said [Mrs.] Clinton picked the option of a “video narrative” “with no evidence” because she wanted the Libya situation to be a key success story for the Obama administration.
“You did it because Libya was supposed to be this great success story for the Obama White House and the [Rodham] State Department, and a key campaign theme that year was GM’s alive, bin Laden’s dead, al-Qaeda’s on the run,” Jordan said. “Now you have a terrorist attack, and it’s a terrorist attack in Libya and it’s just fifty-six days before an election. You can live with the protest about a video. That won’t hurt you, but a terrorist attack will. So you can’t be square with the American people.”
And the punchline?
[Mrs,] Clinton replied that Jordan should read her memoir Hard Choices.
Which contains hundreds of more pages of....
But what else could she say? And she does have lots and lots of leftover copies to unload, after all.