Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent much of her time testifying at Thursday’s Benghazi committee hearing deflecting blame and dodging tough questions.
But Clinton twisted some of these facts so badly, she may have even lied under oath.
Here are some of the biggest fabrications Clinton told Thursday:
Lie #1 — Clinton, speaking on communications between US personnel in Libya and the State Department in Washington, said “there was a good back and forth about security” at the Benghazi compound before the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
The facts say otherwise. The independent review Clinton convened after the attacks deeply faulted State Department officials in Washington for poor communication and cooperation as diplomats in Libya pressed for more security and Benghazi grew more dangerous.
The accountability board appointed by Clinton said the security in Benghazi was “grossly inadequate to deal with the attack.” A bipartisan Senate committee report called keeping the Benghazi mission open under those circumstances “a grievous mistake.”
The fewer than half-dozen armed diplomatic security personnel at the compound “were not well served by their leadership in Washington,” the board said.
Clinton furthermore asserted that personnel in Benghazi were granted many of their requests for security equipment upgrades.
The review board, however, said “Washington showed a tendency to overemphasize the positive impact of physical security upgrades” to a “profoundly weak” system.
At the same time, Washington officials were “generally failing to meet Benghazi’s repeated requests” to augment security personnel.
Lie #2 — Clinton said “there was a lot of conflicting information” about who was behind the attacks, in an effort to defend early attempts to link the violence to YouTube videos and other factors.
The facts say otherwise. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan produced an email Clinton sent to her daughter, Chelsea, the night of the attack where Clinton said it had been committed by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.
And in a conversation with the Egyptian prime minister the next day, Clinton said she knew the online videos had nothing to do with the violence, and that it was a planned attack.
“State Department experts knew the truth, you knew the truth, but that’s not what the American people got,” Jordan said.
Lie #3 — Asked about the dozens of emails she received from longtime political confidant Sidney Blumenthal, many with reports about developments in Libya, Clinton said his advice was “unsolicited.”
The facts say otherwise. Clinton was mischaracterizing some of those exchanges with Blumenthal.
Benghazi Committee Chair Trey Gowdy asked what she meant by saying his advice was unsolicited.
“I did not ask him to send me the information that he sent me,” Clinton said.
Noting that Blumenthal had no expertise about Libya, Gowdy read Clinton’s emailed responses to some of his reports: “Thanks and please keep them coming,” ”Anything else to convey?” and “What are you hearing now?”
At that, Clinton revised her description of how their email exchanges unfolded to “originally unsolicited,” saying, “They started out unsolicited, and as I said, some were of interest.”
Lie #4 — Explaining some of the poor communication around Benghazi, Clinton said, “I did not email during the day and — except on rare occasions when I was able to.”
The facts say otherwise. Clinton’s use of her private email address and server during working hours was anything but “rare.”
Clinton sent about one-third of her emails during working hours — on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. — according to an AP analysis of 2,754 emails she wrote from April 2009 through September 2010, based on time stamps on the messages.
The Associated Press contributed to this article