Transcript: Hillary Clinton on the Tunisian government’s decision to release a suspect linked to the Benghazi consulate attack

Transcribed and edited by Jenny Jiang

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Tunisian government’s decision to release a suspect linked to the Benghazi consulate attack. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was held on Jan. 23, 2013:

There is one potential suspect who has been placed under monitoring by the Tunisian government. There are other suspects that the FBI are both closely following and consulting with partner governments.

I think based on my last conversation with Director Mueller, which was just a few days ago – he went to Libya, he went to Tunisia – he believes that the investigation is proceeding. I know that the FBI has been up on the Hill doing classified briefings with certain committees. I don’t know about this committee. But I certainly hope that the FBI is able to investigate, identify, and hold responsible those who waged this attack against us. And I think that based on their work they feel they are pursuing some very positive leads.

I confirmed with Director Mueller, who was just in Tunisia meeting with their high officials, that this person is basically under law enforcement surveillance and forbidden to leave Tunis. Director
Mueller told me that that had been confirmed to him by the Tunisians.

First, I had a long conversation with high-ranking Tunisian officials about this as did Director Mueller of the FBI when he was there in person. We have been assured that there was an effort to have rule of law and judicial process, sufficient evidence not yet available to be presented. But a very clear commitment made to us that they will be monitoring the whereabouts of [the suspect] and we’re going to hold them to that and watch carefully.

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