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Benghazi hero speaks out on the release of Hillary Clinton's new book

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In her memoir, 'What Happened,' Hillary Clinton retraces what was -- in her words, "a shocking defeat" -- the loss of the 2016 Presidential election to Donald Trump.  

The former Democratic nominee is reflective, revealing her inner dialogue about those months on the trail, the night of the election, that concession call to Trump, and what she's done in the months since the inauguration.

Among taking blame, she also dishes it out: James Comey, Bernie Sanders, the Russians, the "damn" emails, the "godforsaken" Electoral College -- and -- Benghazi. 

"It was Jason Chaffetz, the then-Utah Congressman and wannabe Javert who made endless political hay out of my emails and the 2012 tragedy in Benghazi, Libya," Clinton writes.  "Republicans spent years shamelessly trying to score political point off the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012... Republicans turned the deaths of four brave Americans into a partisan farce."

Mark Geist, one of the contractors who was stationed in Benghazi, takes issue with the claim.

"I don't think it's a 'political farce,' the deaths of four Americans, the deaths of my four friends, my injuries," says Geist.  "As a leader, you can delegate your authority. But if they mess up, you can't delegate responsibility."  

In the book, '13 Hours,' Geist and his fellow contractors recount the emails pleading for help, sent by Ambassador Chris Stevens -- months before the attacks; the repeated times he and others were told to "stand down" as the consulate was under attack; the rescue that never came; and the Libyan airliner -- not military transport -- that evacuated the dozens out of the country. 

"No one came, no one was sent," says Geist. "The story they said, was there was no one close enough.  I believe that was a false narrative, just like about the video. It initially made you think, 'well, what are you covering up?'"

Ultimately, the Benghazi Committee couldn't draw a direct line from the incident to the Secretary of State.  

 


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