If Hillary Clinton had expected her new book, “Hard Choices,” to easily pave the way for her to head to the White House, she appears to have been mistaken following some tough questions and blowback from interviews she has had.
Although Clinton has yet to officially announce whether she will seek the 2016 Democratic Party nomination, many conservatives and liberals expect her to run and believe that the nomination is essentially hers for the taking. Her recent book was widely speculated to be an attempt to help frame her narrative and deflect criticism from issues such as Benghazi from the campaign should she decide to run.
However, during an interview on Tuesday with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, it was evident that Clinton’s role during the Benghazi crisis is far from settled.
During the interview, Sawyer asked Clinton about her role in security procedures for the facility in order to protect Americans, including the ambassador, who were eventually killed.
Clinton and her supporters have long pointed to the State Department’s Accountability Review Board, which investigated the attack and exonerating her for what occurred. However, the board never actually interviewed Clinton as part of its investigation. During testimony before Congress, she said she implemented all of the changes recommended by the board.
Sawyer pressed her over information in the ARB and asked her tough questions over why, given the location of the facility and that there had been other incidents of officials in the area, more wasn’t done to beef up security in preparation for a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11. The investigation into Benghazi has also revealed that Clinton received emails and memos about security concerns.
Clinton had previously said she never saw the emails, despite them being sent to her, claiming it was only sent to her more as a formality.
Clinton told Sawyer that rather than take a personal interest in security, she delegated the issue to the experts.
“I’m not equipped to sit and look at blueprints to determine where the blast walls need to be, where the reinforcements need to be. That’s why we hire people who have that expertise,” Clinton told Sawyer.
Sawyer followed up by citing the ARB, saying ““This is the ARB: the mission was far short of standards; weak perimeter; incomplete fence; video surveillance needed repair. They said it’s a systemic failure.”
When Sawyer explained that people were expecting Clinton, who said she took responsibility for what happened to at least say there was something she wish she had done differently, Clinton attempted to dodge the question.
“I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions,” Clinton said.