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2012 Benghazi Attack Hillary Clinton

Clinton: Benghazi critics refused to ‘accept the facts’

1 Feb, 2013

In her last one-on-one interview before she steps down on Friday (1 Feb), Clinton told AP that the attack in Benghazi was the low point of her time as America’s top diplomat. But she suggested that the furor over the assault would not affect whether she runs for president in 2016. She also said that critics of the administration’s handling of the attack don’t live in an “evidence-based world,” and their refusal to “accept the facts” is unfortunate and regrettable for the political system.

I was so unhappy with the way that some people refused to accept the facts, refused to accept the findings of an independent Accountability Review Board, politicized everything about this terrible attack. My job is to admit that we have to make improvements and we’re going to.

There are some people in politics and in the press who can’t be confused by the facts. They just will not live in an evidence-based world. And that’s regrettable. It’s regrettable for our political system and for the people who serve our government in very dangerous, difficult circumstances.

Regarding here critics, Clinton said she refused to be “discouraged by the fact that they are never going to accept the facts and the limitations of the facts.”

You have to get up every day and work to do best you can and communicate that to the vast majority of fair-minded Americans whether they’re in Congress, in the press or in the public.