Book: Clinton 'Stunned' After Talking With Obama During Benghazi Attack
In a new book, “Blood Feud," journalist Edward Klein writes that there was a phone call between President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the night of the Benghazi attack in 2012. Citing one of Clinton's top legal advisers, Klein writes that Clinton was "stunned" upon hearing from Obama that the White House would blame the attack on a YouTube video.
According to the book, Clinton pushed back, arguing the story was not credible.
After her conversation with the president, Hillary called Bill Clinton, who was at his penthouse apartment in the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, and told him what Obama wanted her to do.
“I’m sick about it,” she said, according to the legal adviser, who was filled in on the conversation.
“That story won’t hold up,” Bill said. “I know,” Hillary said. “I told the president that.” “It’s an impossible story,” Bill said. “I can’t believe the president is claiming it wasn’t terrorism. Then again, maybe I can. It looks like Obama isn’t going to allow anyone to say that terrorism has occurred on his watch.”
Steve Doocy discussed the developments this morning with author Ken Timmerman, who also reported on this phone call in his own book, Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi. Timmerman believes the information has been released in order to paint Clinton in a favorable light before a possible presidential run.
Timmerman called the story in the book a "desperate ploy" to shelter Clinton from responsibility for Benghazi. He noted that it was Clinton's decision to "stand down" U.S. forces who may have been able to stop the attack before four Americans lost their lives.
"I talk about this in "Dark Forces." We had a foreign emergency support team on the ground with U.S. Special Forces. They could have gone there. Hillary would not allow them to leave," said Timmerman, calling Benghazi "an albatross around her neck."
He added that President Obama could have made the call to "stand up" the U.S. military while the attack was unfolding, but also chose not to.