GOP senator: Benghazi movie shows ‘utter negligence’ by Clinton
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After a private screening of the movie, Sen. Tom CottonTom CottonOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (R-Ark.) said Michael Bay’s “13 Hours,” a film depicting the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, demonstrates the “utter negligence” of then-Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain MORE.
 
“The actions in the film highlight the utter negligence of Hillary Clinton’s State Department leading up to the Benghazi attacks,” Cotton said at a panel discussion in Washington after the screening, according to the Washington Examiner.
 
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“Hillary Clinton was negligent at a minimum in not ensuring that they were [granted extra security] … her conduct was grotesque,” he added.
 
He joked that a sequel to the film “might be called ‘Five Minutes,’ because that’s how long [President] Obama and Secretary Clinton put into their roles here.”
 
Although neither Clinton nor Obama is mentioned in the film, former national security advisor to President George W. Bush Elliott Abrams and former ambassador Ron Weiser shared Cotton’s assessment of the film.
 
“As Americans watch this, it is a reminder that Benghazi is not the only incident,” Abrams said at the panel discussion. “It is a reminder of the problem that the United States is not treated or viewed nor does act the way it did only a few years ago.”
 
Weiser said the film “speaks for itself.”
 
“13 Hours” opened in theaters less than three weeks before the Iowa caucuses, where Clinton is neck-and-neck with Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders.