Diane Sawyer, Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton did her best to remain diplomatic during an interview with Diane Sawyeron Monday, during which the ABC reporter didn't pull any punches.
Sawyer couldn't help but bring up Monica Lewinsky's recent Vanity Fair essay about her life since the presidential scandal that rocked the '90s.
"Well, she's perfectly free to do that," Clinton said of Lewinsky's decision to speak out. "She is in my view, an American who gets to express herself however she chooses, but that's not something that I spend a lot of time thinking about."
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"I wrote about it in my book Living History, I dealt with it at the time, I have moved on, and that's how I see, you know, my life and my future," Clinton said, expertly deflecting saying anything of merit on the subject.
Clinton went on to discuss how much she's grown in the past 20 years to "become a deeper, more understanding, more open, more grateful person," as well as insisting that she and Bill are as happy as ever. "It's never stopped, and we make each other laugh. We support each other, it's really another one of my blessings."
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Sawyer also took the opportunity to question Clinton on the tragedy that occurred at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, which killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher, his aid Sean Smith and two former Navy Seals at a CIA annex nearby.
Sawyer accused the former Secretary of State of ignoring the warning signs in Benghazi, but Clinton defended herself by saying that she delegated security details to experts in that field. "I'm not equipped to sit and look at blueprints to determine where the blast walls need to be, where the reinforcements need to be. That's why we hire people who have that expertise," she said.
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The news anchor continued to press, wondering if people were looking for a "sentence that begins from you, 'I should have...'?" Clinton responded by saying, "I certainly would have given anything on Earth if this had not happened. And I certainly would wish that we had made some of the changes that came to our attention to make as a result of the investigation. But I also am clear in my own mind that we had a system and that system of course ended with me. I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions."
"Are you saying it's just the price of doing business to have people in dangerous outposts even with less than the adequate security that the review boards have said they needed?" Sawyer pushed.
"I'm saying we have to be very thoughtful as [the] United States of America, where we send people, why we send them, what we expect from them and how we do the best to protect them," Clinton said. "We cannot eliminate ever threat, every danger."
Watch more of the contentious interview below.
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