WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Even with the 2016 presidential election about three and a half years away, American Crossroads is taking Hillary Clinton to task for her alleged role in the “cover-up” of the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya.
CBS News reports that the Karl Rove-founded super PAC pins the blame for the September 2012 attack, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, on Clinton, who is thought of as the top Democratic contender for the 2016 election.
The ad, which ran Sunday morning on CBS during “Face the Nation,” features Clinton, President Barack Obama’s former secretary of state, and a fiery response during a Jan. 23 Senate committee hearing.
Clinton asked at the time: “Was it because of a protest, or guys out for a walk who decided they’d kill some Americans – what difference, at this point, does it make?”
The clip is followed by a narrator’s voice countering Clinton: “The difference is a cover-up, and four American lives that deserve the truth.”
The ad also features testimony from Gregory Hicks, the No. 2 official in Libya at the time of the attack, during his House Oversight Committee hearing, with Hicks saying that “everybody in the mission” thinking that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist act “from the get-go,” according to CBS News.
The ad comes on the heels of testimony from Mark I. Thompson, the deputy coordinator for operations in the State Department’s counterterrorism bureau, who testified that Clinton allegedly attempted to cut the bureau out of communications concerning the attack in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack.
“If Hillary Clinton is not responsible for the before, during and after mistakes, it’s somebody close,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told CBS News. “There certainly are plenty of people close to the former secretary who knew, and apparently were part of the problem.”
During a joint press conference at the White House Monday with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama says cover-up talk it just politically motivated.
“The whole thing defies logic,” Obama said.
GOP Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and John McCain of Arizona echoed Issa’s concerns on the Sunday morning talk shows, with Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Dick Durbin of Illinois combatting criticism against their party’s former secretary of state.
It is unclear whether American Crossroads will replay the ad again in the future, according to CBS News.