By Scott Wong
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday accused Hillary Clinton of playing politics “24/7,” especially when it comes to the Benghazi tragedy.
In her forthcoming book, the former secretary of state and prospective 2016 presidential candidate said she would refuse to take part in the “political slugfest” over the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. But Priebus said she leaked her chapter on Benghazi to the press, and that by doing so, she had engaged in the very politics she has eschewed.
“Hilary has been playing politics about this issue from the very beginning, and she is launching an organized political defense. … Their people are trying to preempt or stop any more criticism that she’s been receiving on Benghazi,” Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“She played a part in the White House’s cover-up of what this is all about in Benghazi. It was a terrorist attack. Our heroes and diplomats have died and were murdered, and she continues to play politics,” Priebus added. “Hillary Clinton is politics 24/7, and this is no different.”
Later, a Democratic spokesman said Priebus’ appearance made him sound more like a “conspiracy theorist than a leader of the Republican Party.”
“The Obama administration and Democrats are focused on making sure a tragedy like what happened in Benghazi never happens again. Republicans are obsessed with playing politics with that tragedy just to rally their far-right base,” said Democratic National Committee spokesman Michael Czin.
“The fact is that there have already been seven investigations into Benghazi, 25,000 documents have been provided and more than a dozen hearings held,” Czin added. “While Republicans want to spend more time investigating what they have already investigated, they are refusing to act on important legislative priorities that will help grow the middle class, like paycheck fairness, raising the minimum wage or passing comprehensive immigration reform.”