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Axelrod: GOP trying to bully Clinton out of 2016 White House run

Republicans are trying to bully Hillary Clinton out of running for president by attacking her on Benghazi, Libya, David Axelrod said Wednesday.

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“I really view the Benghazi flare-up right now as throwing a high hard one at Hillary Clinton to try and dissuade her from running for president,” President Obama's former chief political strategist said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe." “I really think that’s a lot of what’s motivating what’s going on the Hill right now.”

Clinton is one of the most popular political figures in the country and is widely viewed as the Democratic frontrunner for the party’s presidential nomination if she decides to run.

Republicans have sought for months to hold her responsible for last year’s attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, arguing that more could have been done to protect the Americans at the facility, and that the administration wasn’t truthful about the nature of the attack from the onset because it was more concerned with election-year politics.

Lawmakers last week threatened to subpoena Clinton after ABC News and The Weekly Standard reported that they had obtained emails that suggested the White House was involved in scrubbing mentions of specific terrorist groups and prior CIA terror warnings from the final talking points distributed to administration officials and congressional leaders.

The White House on Tuesday accused congressional Republicans of doctoring the leaked emails.