10.22.15

Clinton: 'I've lost more sleep than all of you put together' over Benghazi (Los Angeles Times)

You might call it a softball from Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank).

After the California congressman issued a scathing assessment of a committee he said has proven to be a "partisan exercise," Schiff turned to ask Clinton a friendly question on the stated purpose of the inquiry into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

"I know the ambassador was a friend of yours, and I wonder if you would like to comment on what it's like to be the subject of an allegation that you deliberately interfered with security that cost the life of a friend?" Schiff asks.

 

Clinton was more than prepared to answer, calling the accusation "personally painful."

 

"I would imagine I've thought more about what happened than all of you put together," she said of the panel’s 12 members. "I've lost more sleep than all of you put together. I have been racking my brain about what more could have been done or should have been done."

 

"I will continue to speak out and do everything I can from whatever position I'm in to honor the memory of those we lost."

 

A pro-Clinton group quickly distributed video of the answer, calling it "one of the most personal moments of the hearing."