Transcript: Hillary Clinton on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s remarks on Benghazi

Transcribed and edited by Jenny Jiang

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s remarks describing the Benghazi attack as stemming from a “spontaneous” protest against an anti-Islam YouTube video. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was held on Jan. 23, 2013:

It turned out not to be because the Cairo demonstrations were not heavily armed and we did eventually get host nation security support so there were differences. But again, I would say that Secretary Rice convey information that had been provided by the intelligence community and the inter-agency.

We don’t know all the motivations so I don’t want to give a sweeping answer as to what prompted those men to come out that night and attack our compound.

I was not involved in the so-called “talking points” process. My understanding is it was a typical process trying to get to the best information available. It was an intelligence product. They are – again, as I understand it – working with their committees of jurisdiction to try to unpack that. But I will say that all of the senior administration officials, including Ambassador Rice, who spoke publicly to this terrible incident had the same information from the intelligence community.

There was evidence and the evidence was being sifted and analyzed by the intelligence community, which is why the intelligence community was the principal decider about what went into the talking points. And there was also the added problem of no one wanting to say things that would undermine the investigation. So it was much more complex than I think we’re giving it credit for.

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