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Clinton: Benghazi security was ‘not my ball to carry’

Greg Nash

Hillary Clinton said the security at the American compound in Benghazi, Libya, was “not her ball to carry” and admonished Republicans for politicizing the 2012 attack that left four Americans dead.

{mosads}In her first joint interview with running mate Tim Kaine on “60 Minutes” Sunday, Clinton said while she took responsibility for the attacks because she was secretary of State when it happened, none of the nine separate investigations found her culpable. 

“So when this happened in Benghazi, I immediately stood up an independent committee — distinguished Americans, military and civilian experts. They came out and they said, “You know, the ball was dropped — in security. And, you know, some of the decisions that were made, probably should have been rethought.”

 Clinton went on to say concerns about security at the American Diplomatic Compound in Benghazi never reached her. 

“It was not my ball to carry. … Those [security reports] never reached me. Those never came to my attention,” she said.

She said the U.S. had horrible losses in Beirut under Ronald Reagan and the Democratic Congress didn’t politicize it the way Republicans have done with her.  

“This has all been investigated over and over again. But as Tim was just saying, it didn’t get the result that some of the Republicans wanted, so they kept at it. And I feel very sorry that they have politicized it unlike any prior example.”

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