Megyn Kelly: Are the American people "going to get" why Benghazi should bring Hillary Clinton down?

If they treat the new Michael Bay film "13 Hours" as a historical document, they certainly will


Scott Eric Kaufman
January 6, 2016 9:23PM (UTC)

On both "Hannity" and "The Kelly File" Tuesday evening, Fox News hosts went to great lengths to tout the historical accuracy of the new Michael Bay film "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi."

The segment on "The Kelly File" hinged on whether then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the families of those killed in the attack that it was motivated by a video -- which is important for reasons that aren't clear, but should be, as Kelly and Fox News contributor Brit Hume took pains to explain.

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"I think people get confused about it," Kelly said, "this person said that person said, but this is very simple. You've got the family of Ambassador Chris Stevens have not spoken, but you have the other three families -- three out of the four saying that [Clinton] told us, over our dead loved one's bodies, that this was about a video. But now she is on record saying 'I didn't do it,' and suggesting that the family members are lying -- the American people are going to get that."

Hume replied that "there's no way to prove that -- there's no audio, no video, no recording -- but certainly the story the family members tell is remarkably similar to what others in the administration said, including [what] Susan Rice was saying about all this, so it fits in a certain way, and it gives those family member's story great plausibility."

If it's difficult to tell what "the American people are going to get," other than that Clinton told the family members what the Obama administration believed had happened at that time -- even though, as her emails to her daughter Chelsea revealed, Clinton didn't believe it personally -- that's understandable, because it's difficult to tell what exactly is scandalous about that.

Three of the "heroes of Benghazi" tried to explain by describing how the "stand down" was taken when they were in the field. "Thirteen hours," John Tiegen said, "nobody comes, that's a big deal."

When Kelly said that congressional investigations concluded that no "stand down" order was ever given, Tiegen replied that "it's kind of funny. Everything we testified to, they agreed with us 100 percent. Pretty much from us eating a candy bar to shooting all our ammo, but for some reason they don't want to believe that we were told to 'stand down.'"

Watch the entire interview below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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