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Clinton Doubts She Would Have Made a Difference During Benghazi

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 November 2017 09:19 AM

Hillary Clinton defended leaving the State Department the night of the tragic event that unfolded in Benghazi, telling conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt she doubts the outcome would have been different.

Hewitt asked Clinton twice if she has any regrets about leaving that night, a question the former secretary of state did not answer.

"Oh, you know, I was there until 9, 10:00," Clinton told Hewitt. "And you know, we knew that our goal was to find all of our people and get them out of there, and that was ongoing. And so you know, I went home for a few hours of sleep. I talked to the President, bringing him totally up to date, and then obviously, you know, headed back early the next morning."

Hewitt asked again: "But do you regret, do you wish you had stayed there all night? Do you think it would have been different had you stayed there?"

"I doubt it, because that was never the principal charge that the Republicans and others made against me, and those in the administration. So I don't think that silenced the critics, because there seem to be a calculation that this was an issue that they could make political," Clinton told Hewitt.

Clinton also continued her defense of using a private server, given that the government computers were compromised while there was no evidence that hers was.

"There is no doubt that our government servers at the time I was serving as Secretary of State were compromised," Clinton told Hewitt. "And there is at least insofar as we know no evidence that my private server was. Because it is clear that the only server compromised were State Department servers.

"Now we know that Defense Department and White House and Personnel Management, a lot of government servers were compromised. And you know, I really have no reason to believe that mine ever was," Clinton told Hewitt.

"And certainly, given the FBI's investigation, given the Russians' absolute desire to get anything they could, there is no evidence whatsoever that my server, which remember, was set up before I chose to use it in part for convenience," Clinton said.

"And my husband's office set it up, a former president's office, and they had the highest level of security. I wish the government had had as high a level of security as there was on the server I used."

Hewitt also asked Clinton whether she thinks there are "more than a half million, you know, honest-to-God white nationalists running around the United States?"

"Probably not, no. But I think there are people who are unfortunately kind of reverting back to rather virulent attitudes about race in part because I think that it's become 'politically acceptable,'" Clinton said. "So no, the hardcore people, I agree with you, I don't think that is a very large number.

"I think there has proven to be more white supremacists and white nationalists than I wish there were in our country. … And they have made common cause with the President's agenda out of their own mouth that he is someone that they are counting on to promote it," Clinton said.

Clinton also said she couldn't give an answer as to whether she could be friends with President Donald Trump again.

"I've been very disappointed in the way that he has conducted himself," Clinton said.

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Hillary Clinton defended leaving the State Department the night of the tragic event that unfolded in Benghazi, telling conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt she doubts the outcome would have been different.
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