Conservatives Baselessly Link Capture Of Benghazi Suspect To Hillary Clinton's Book Tour


Conservative media figures are suggesting the arrest of a suspected ringleader of the Benghazi attacks was timed to help Hillary Clinton on her book tour.

Benghazi Suspect Captured

Benghazi Attack Suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala Captured. The Washington Post reported that "Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody 'in a secure location outside Libya.'" [Washington Post6/17/14]

Conservatives Connect Capture To Clinton Book Tour

Limbaugh: "All Of A Sudden" Khattala Was Captured "In The Midst Of Mrs. Clinton's Failed Book Tour." On the June 17 edition of his syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh said, "In the midst of Mrs. Clinton's failed book tour and failed book roll-out, all of a sudden we capture the militia leader who led the attack. It's a beautiful thing." [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show6/17/14]

Fox's Pete Hegseth: Khattala Capture "Tied In A Bow" For Clinton. Appearing on the June 17 edition of Outnumbered, Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth speculated that "a lot of it does have to do with the State Department. I think this thing needs to be tied in a bow for certain individuals, to have a clean break from an incident that has become and will continue to be a scandal and an anchor around a certain individual's neck who may want to run for president." He then added that Clinton is being interviewed on Fox News later that day and said: "It's all too neat. And it's too cute and I want to give, I want to be grateful -- I always want to give the benefit of the doubt to our authorities, but in this case it feels too neat on the timing." [Fox News, Outnumbered,6/17/14]

Larry O'Connor On Fox: "I Think This Timing Was Planned" To Help Clinton's Fox News Interview. Right-wing radio host Larry O'Connor said on Fox News that "the timing on this stinks," stating that Clinton "for the very first time is going to get some tough questions about Benghazi" during her interview on that network tonight, and that the capture will distract from those questions. He concluded, "I don't think it's a coincidence, I think this timing was planned." [Fox News, The Real Story6/17/14

Fox's Kennedy: "Convenient" That Capture Happened During Clinton Book Tour. On the June 17 edition of Outnumbered, Fox Business host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (Kennedy) said, "You have the former secretary of state, who's in the middle of a really high profile book tour and I think this is convenient for her to shift the talking points from some of the things that she's been discussing." [Fox News, Outnumbered, 6/17/14]

Radio Host Brian Wilson: "What Were The Odds" Capture And Clinton Interview Happen The Same Day. Former Fox News anchor and conservative radio host Brian Wilson tweeted on June 17: "So a Benghazi suspect captured just hrs b4 HRC is questioned by Fox. What were the odds?" [Twitter, 6/17/14]

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