Pickering: If We Had Started Questioning Clinton, ‘Where Would It Have Ended?’
May 14, 2013 - 8:09 am
Former UN Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who led the State Department’s Accountability Review Board investigating the Benghazi attack, said his interest is piqued by new information in the case but in the same breath said he’s seen nothing to alter his conclusions.
When asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer yesterday what he might have done differently in the review, Pickering called it “a very interesting question.”
“I hadn’t thought about it from that perspective,” he added.
“What I have been hearing is the promises of new startling developments. What I have been seeing is some of the questions we have reviewed. I’m very open to the idea that nobody can do in two months the absolutely perfect job, that nothing new will arise,” Pickering said.
“So far, I have, with all honesty, not seen any development related to the report and the mandated scope, which is in the law of that report, essentially, the security focus of the report, that would cause me to change my view on the conclusions we reached or the recommendations we made.”
When asked why then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was never interviewed on the report, Pickering said “we felt we had fully developed the answer to the question of where the decisions were made, where the failures and performance had taken place, where those decisions were reviewed.”
“And they did not touch on her,” he added.
“Now, with hindsight, don’t you think it would have been important to ask her about that conversation and other decisions she made that night? Because she was intimately involved,” Blitzer asked.
“We did. We did. We interviewed the senior staff members…”