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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Clinton staff debated how much 'outrage' to show lawmakers over Benghazi, leaked emails show

As Hillary Clinton prepared to testify to the House Select Committee on Benghazi in October 2015, her communications and legal teams debated how much “outrage” she should display for lawmakers in her opening statement.

In emails published by Wikileaks Monday, a draft of Mrs. Clinton’s opening remarks to the committee included a line from her book “Hard Choices” in 2014: “I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans.”

Clinton campaign adviser Mandy Grunwald liked that line because, she said, “we need a bit of moral outrage.”

But campaign official Jennifer Palmieri balked at the line, saying “I think that is too graphic and splashes back on her as appearing to exploit their deaths,” referring to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Mrs. Clinton didn’t use the line in her opening statement.

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