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ICYMI: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on "Hannity"

- June 19, 2013

WASHINGTON — Last evening, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus joined Sean Hannity on "Hannity" and questioned Hillary Clinton’s leadership in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and in the recent developments of scandals plaguing the State Department.
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“Where is Hillary Clinton in all of this?”

SEAN HANNITY: Here with reaction is RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. Not the first time, what’s going on with all these whistle blowers? They all seem to be harassed.

CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS: I have a good question, where is Hillary Clinton? Where is Hillary Clinton in all of this?

HANNITY: What difference does it make?

CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: Exactly. I mean, you’ve got the politicization of Benghazi and the talking points situation, which she never got to come back and answer more questions to the committee. We have this whistle blower that’s being harassed, questions about what was going on in Belgium with security detail, an ambassador in Belgium, potentially prostitution, potentially under-aged people. And back to the question, where's Hillary? She's setting up this apparent run for president. She’s busy setting up a twitter account, and maybe she ought to have a town hall meeting on twitter, answer some questions as to what happened in Benghazi and why is this employee being intimidated. And what do you know? Where's Hillary? I don't know who's asking that question.

HANNITY: We're talking about sex with minors and foreign nationals. They said the prostitution was endemic, that’s the phrase they used, and the drug use on top of it. Apparently they were in the same hotel as Hillary.

CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: This is the State Department. And what’s happening is you're seeing what's going on in the Obama administration. Government has gotten to the point where it’s so big and so broad, and all of these scandals, you know we can spend the next five minutes talking it. But the bottom line is the government has gotten so big, and so large, the main defense of everyone involved right now, whatever scandal you pick, the defense is that government is so big that we can't possibly know what's going on. We can't possibly know this is going on in Belgium. We can't possibly know that security detail is intimidating a whistle blower. We can't know anything because government's too big.

HANNITY: What about Hillary's involvement in Benghazi? Remember she did the 3 a.m. ad against Obama? Who was in the situation room?

CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: They didn't have any problem leaking that information by the way. We leaked that, we leaked SEAL Team 6. And now the 3 a.m. call is coming for Hillary Clinton and the American people want to know: what did you know when did you know it, and why in the world can't you come forward for ten minutes, 15 minutes and answer a few questions?

HANNITY: What did you think about her comment when she said, ‘What difference does it make?’ What did you think about that?

CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: Well that was to my good buddy Ron Johnson from Wisconsin. I thought, what's the whole purpose of the entire hearing here? The purpose of the meeting is to figure out what it is that happened, how we can correct what took place. So that, number one, it doesn’t happen in the future but also that we can hold people accountable. One of the purposes of the committee, and the idea of checks and balances in our country, is that there are people elected that have the responsibility to find out the truth and hold people accountable who did things either mistakenly or purposefully that need to be punished.

HANNITY: Can you think of anybody better than dealing with scandals than the Clintons?

CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: Well they are obviously pretty good at it. And they've been good at letting things roll off their back and continuing their pursuits in public life. But I don't think this is going to be going away. Obviously, Benghazi is a total tragedy with people who had died and somehow we still don't have the answers there. But I think it's time for them to come clean. The American people are figuring it out. The president now is upside down. People know government is out of control, 62 percent, a poll came out today, saying people don't trust the government. And even youth are abandoning the president at this point…

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