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Mother of Benghazi Victim: Within ‘5 Feet of My Son’s Coffin,’ Hillary Clinton ‘Lied to Me’

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | June 29, 2016 | 5:28 PM EDT

Patricia Smith, right, mother of Sean Smith,

who was killed in Benghazi, and host 

Deidre Bolton.  (Screenshot: FBN) 

The mother of U.S. Foreign Service Information Manager Sean Smith, who was killed in the radical Islamic terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, said that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied to her about the cause of the attack, and she urged the media to press the issue -- “Do something! Don’t just talk. Don’t just listen to her [Clinton]. Question it!”

Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, attended the coffin ceremony for her son and the other three Americans killed in Benghazi at the Sept. 14, 2012 Transfer of Remains Ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base. Family members of the other victims were present. President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also attended and spoke at the ceremony.

In a June 28, 2016 interview on Fox’s Risk & Reward program, host Deidre Bolton asked Patricia Smith, “So you personally spoke with Hillary Clinton. She said she would get back to you, and she never did.”  

Smith said, “That’s correct. I spoke to her at the coffin ceremony, and she told me what she told me, within about five feet of my son’s coffin. And she lied to me then.”

Bolton interjected, “And she said ‘We will get you answers,’ and then you have never heard back from her or her team?”

Smith continued, “No. No, actually, she told me it was the fault of the [anti-Muslim] video. And I said, ‘What video?’ I didn’t know anything about a video. And she says it was a video that caused all this, and if it’s any different, she’ll get back to me.”

President Barack Obama and then-

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at

the Transfer of Remains Ceremony,

Andrews Air Force Base, 

September 14, 2012.  (AP) 

“I have not heard from her other than to hear -- I called back over there to the State Department asking ‘What’s happening?’” said Smith.  “And they tell me, ‘We cannot tell you -- you are not a member of the immediate family.’

“And, to this day, people of America, this is still what your country does to you,” said Smith.  “She still has not spoken to me, or anybody in her group telling me what happened.”

“I’d like to see her in stripes,” said Smith.  “I think somebody ought to -- I guess what she told the committee (I haven’t seen the report), but I guess what she told the committee is all her words, and nobody’s questioning anything.”

“This is crazy,” said Smith. “It was her department, her area, and when she talked to me she said she didn’t know anything about it. Now, tell me, if it’s her department, why didn’t she take care of the situation?.... No one. No one has gotten back to me, other than to tell me that they couldn’t tell me.”

Patricia Smith then pleaded for journalists and the media to not let the issue fade away, but to press for answers.

“Please, please, do something! Make her admit to what she did!” said Smith. “Please, do something! Don’t just talk. Don’t just listen to her. Question it! Make her say something! Have her call me! I’m still waiting.”

“Hillary, I’m waiting for what you promised me,” said Smith.  “All I heard was you getting on TV, calling me a liar. That’s not true, Hilary. I am not the liar. You are the liar!”


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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman