Clinton attributes Benghazi statements to 'the fog of war'

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE late Tuesday explained she initially thought the Benghazi attacks was primarily caused by a protest over an anti-Islam video, but then she encountered evidence that suggested otherwise.

In a live interview on Fox News’s “Special Report” and “On the Record,” Clinton said she stood by testimony she gave Congress in January, 2013, when she said she knew of no other intelligence except the video narrative. Then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice presented that theory on Sunday talk shows after the attacks.

“This was the fog of war,” Clinton said. “You know, my own assessment careened from, you know, the video had something to do with it; the video had nothing to do with it.”


Clinton pointed out that the anti-Islam video inspired an attack on the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, that same day.

“It may have affected some people; it didn't affect other people. And I think the conclusion to draw -- because we were not just monitoring what was happening at Benghazi, once it began to unfold, but remember we had a very dangerous assault on our embassy in Cairo that same day, which was clearly linked to that video.”

Investigations of the attack, Clinton said, have concluded “we can't say that everybody was influenced and we can't say everybody wasn't” by the video in Benghazi.

She said it was difficult to immediately pinpoint a cause when so much was happening at once.

“I mean, that is one of the challenges, why I write about hard choices because information is coming at you from all direction,” Clinton said. 

The former secretary of State is in her second week of her national book tour promoting her new memoir Hard Choices about her four years in the Obama administration.

Before Fox, she said at a CNN town hall that there are still “unanswered questions” about Benghazi.

Her interviews came the same day the U.S. confirmed a ringleader in the 2012 assault was captured by U.S. special operations forces last Sunday. Ahmed Abu Khattala is in U.S. custody and is expected to be arraigned in a federal court in Washington when he arrives to the U.S.