Michael Morell, who had a 33-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, came out in support of Hillary Clinton in an op-ed for the New York Times. The former CIA Chief is not a Republican or a Democrat and he has, in fact, said that he has voted for candidates of both parties in the past. As the presidential campaign continues, conservatives are using the terror attacks in Benghazi as a tool to use against Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time.
Morell said in the op-ed, in part, that “Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security.”
ABC host Martha Raddatz asked Morell what his reaction was to what Rudolph Giuliani said. Giuliani has been highly critical of Clinton over Benghazi in order to support Trump. He’s even suggested that if he were president the attacks would not have happened.
“One thing that struck me right off the bat was what he said about Benghazi. There is this view out there that she lied about what caused the attack,” Morell said. “That she said it was the video. I think one of the really interesting things that is in early 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation walked into the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and they said that we believe the video was a motivation in this attack.”
In just two sentences, Morell shredded the conservative talking point that the video played no role in the attacks.
“Abu Khattala, who is the only person arrested, said that the video was a motivation,” he continued. “So this idea that the video played no role, which Republicans keep repeating over and over and over again, just isn’t true.”
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Raddatz said, “But those parents have said she said those things to them. That has resonated among the voters.”
“She said it was terrorism, right? To Chelsea [Clinton]. She said to them it was the video,” Morell said. “Those two things can both be true at the same time. And it turns out, right, it turns out that the video did play a role in that attack and Republicans don’t want people to believe that.”
That won’t stop Republicans from attacking Clinton over the Benghazi attacks, though. “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” – Vladimir Lenin.
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