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Galen Institute's Turner: Hillary Trying to 'Brush' Benghazi Aside

Thursday, 08 May 2014 07:03 PM

Hillary Clinton hopes the controversy surrounding Benghazi and an alleged cover-up by the Obama administration will vanish — but don't bet on it, according to Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute.

"She would love nothing more than for this to go away," Turner told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"[But] four Americans are dead and the American people want to know whether or not the U.S. government did everything it could have to save their lives. Many, many people believe they did not."

This week, Hillary told ABC News' Robin Roberts she was "absolutely'' satisfied with previous probes into the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed.

"Hillary is, again, trying to just sort of brush it aside and to make it sound like its politics," said Turner, whose nonprofit group is a public policy think-tank.

"This is about getting to the truth of what happened in one of the most serious attacks on Americans and an American embassy, consulate, certainly in the last decade."

Turner made her remarks as she participated in a Newsmax panel with Ron Christie, a columnist for The Daily Beast and former staff member for Vice President Dick Cheney, who said he remains gutted by the tragedy.

"It's appalling to me how Ambassador Stevens had put in repeated requests for additional security, which … were denied," Christie said.

"The military presence in Benghazi has been reduced, not increased, and you wonder when the Brits and some of our other allies who had consulates in Benghazi withdrew their diplomatic personnel because of the safety or lack therefore … why did the United States remain?"

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Christie hailed the formation of a House select committee to probe Benghazi.

"The thing that is so important that we're going to get to with this new select committee that's going to convene shortly is what specifically did the president do once he found out at 5 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012 and in the subsequent 12 hours?" Christie asked.

"What did he do? Who did he call? Who did he consult? Who did he order? We have no idea what the commander in chief was doing."

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