Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Wednesday accused Hillary Clinton of orchestrating a cover-up of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, therefore disqualifying the former secretary of state from running for president in 2016.
In early 2013, Johnson and Clinton engaged in a heated exchange during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the attack. During her testimony, Clinton drilled into Johnson for focusing on the White House's immediate response to the attack rather than how to prevent against future strikes.
"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," Clinton said. "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator."
On Tuesday, in the wake of Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala's arrest in Libya, Clinton said there is "a lot we don't know" about the September 2012 attack.
"I'm still looking for answers, because it was a confusing and difficult time," Clinton said during a CNN town hall.
In a Wednesday interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Johnson said her angry response to his questioning last year proved that Clinton was "culpable."
"Well, I think she understands how culpable she is, and she understands exactly her dereliction of duty that really results in the death of four Americans," he said. "And you know, listen, she can provide an awful lot of the answers. Hugh, we don’t know what she was really doing that night.
Johnson continued: "You know, if you were secretary of State, given the responsibility to go to Andrews Air Force Base, to welcome home the remains of those four Americans, would you do your duty and offer the condolences of a nation? Or would you seize that moment, that opportunity, to plant and perpetuate a cover up? ... That’s just a craven, political act. I think that alone disqualifies her as president of the United States."
Listen to the interview above.
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