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Priebus: Gates' Revelations on Hillary Clinton 'Tip of Iceberg'

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Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 07:28 PM

By Greg Richter


Revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confided to President Barack Obama that her opposition to the surge in Iraq in 2007 had been political is just the "tip of the iceberg" of what is likely to be learned as Clinton prepares a run for president in 2016, said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

Priebus, appearing Tuesday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," was responding to reports of a conversation detailed in former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' upcoming book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War."

"Hillary told the President that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary . . ." Gates writes in the book, according to stories appearing Tuesday in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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"I think there's going to be an avalanche of information on Hillary Clinton and the things that she's done over the years dating back to [Bill Clinton's] governorship in Arkansas and her role in many of the things that happened back then," Priebus said.

Priebus specifically cited Clinton for the botched healthcare rollout and "gross negligence" of the 2011 Benghazi attack that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

"This is a very political person who makes decisions based on how the wind blows," Priebus said. "With all of the scandal around her, I'm not so sure it'd be that bad for the Republican Party" if she is the Democratic nominee, Priebus said.

"She wanders, and scandal surrounds her," he said.

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