A chief Republican official said Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE’s handling of Benghazi “disqualified” her from running for president.
Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusWisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Democrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies MORE, chairman of the Republican National Committee, harshly criticized Clinton on Sunday, saying that the presumed 2016 Democratic frontrunner should not even run for office because of her role in the death of four Americans in Libya.
“If she’s even thinking about running for president, I think she has been disqualified because of her actions here,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Priebus laid out a broad critique of Clinton’s entire political tenure, saying she has done nothing to justify her position as a viable presidential candidate.
“She gets an ‘F’ as secretary of State,” he said. “Go to her Senate days, what’s there? I don’t know.”
Priebus also said he refused to believe that Clinton was serious about running for president. She is publishing a new book detailing her time as President Obama’s secretary State, “Hard Choices,” which many are interpreting as a precursor to her presidential run. But Priebus suggested there could be other motives at play.
“All of this talk helps her make money…don’t be confused by her pursuit of money with her pursuit of running for president,” he said.
In her book, Clinton accuses Republicans of politicizing the Benghazi attacks. The House GOP has just established a new select committee devoted specifically to further dissecting those attacks.
But Priebus insisted that if anyone is playing politics on the matter, it is Clinton.
“She continues to play politics. Hillary Clinton is politics 24-7 and this is no different,” he said. “This is not going to end. We are going to continue to pursue this.”
Democrats fired back at Priebus for his remarks, saying he sounded like a “conspiracy theorist.”
"The Obama Administration and Democrats are focused on making sure a tragedy like what happened in Benghazi never happens again,” said Michael Czin, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. “Republicans are obsessed with playing politics with that tragedy just to rally their far-right base."
This post updated at 10:51 am.