Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) added a new theory to the slew of Benghazi cover-up conspiracies on Wednesday, accusing former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell of taking “the fall" for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with conservative news site World Net Daily.
“She couldn’t have a better person to take the fall for her because Morell was involved in rewriting the talking points and was the No. 2 at CIA," Bachmann told WND, suggesting that Morell was clearing the path for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. "So, he can come in authoritatively [and] say, ‘No, that’s not the story. The story is the fake story we tried to push.'"
Morell testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Wednesday and denied an onslaught of Republican allegations of CIA cover-ups and false messaging after the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
“We did not deliberately downplay the role of terrorists in the Benghazi attack in our analysis or in the talking points,” Morell said during the hearing.
Bachmann, in her interview with WND, claimed that by pointing at “underlings,” Morrell sought to “preserve his status, so, if Hillary becomes the next president, he can safely become the next director of the CIA. That’s what this is all about.”
“Now, it's about preserving the chance for Hillary to get elected. And the only way they can do that is absolve her from any responsibility,” Bachmann added. “And so Morell, who is now in Hillary’s think tank, probably being paid very well, is in cold storage for one reason and one reason only, and that’s to take the fall for Hillary Clinton and clean up any dirt from Obama.”
In an earlier discussion of Clinton’s potential 2016 presidential bid, Bachmann criticized the former secretary of state for her role during the Benghazi attacks, telling syndicated columnist Cal Thomas that people “aren't ready” for a female president.
“Two things that need to be done: Remind people [Clinton] is seeking to become Commander-in-Chief [and] how she has operated in the past with these types of responsibilities," Bachmann said in March. "She was in charge during the Benghazi debacle. If a person reads the Senate Intelligence [Committee] report and the House Foreign Affairs [Committee] report released [last] week, it is damning for Hillary Clinton.”
Despite demands by Democrats to end the year-and-a-half-long probe into the Benghazi attacks, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) announced a renewed push for a special committee to investigate the incident in March.