Clinton Campaign: Let's Not Overdo the Tributes to "The Four Guys" Killed in Benghazi

Posted: Oct 21, 2016 3:45 PM

WikiLeaks released another batch of Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta's emails on Thursday. If you search "Benghazi," you'll find her staff editing a draft of her opening statement to the Select Committee on Benghazi hearing almost a year ago today. Her staff is mostly pleased with the wording, but they have a few issues with it. In particular, Clinton's political consultant Mandy Grunwald questions why Clinton is mentioning the "four guys" who were killed on the night of the raid. To do so, Grunwald worried, may be "overdoing" it.

Those four brave men, in case you didn't know, are Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Clinton ultimately kept it in the final version of her opening statement.

In another message in the email chain, one other staffer casually talks about the number of Americans killed by while serving in their diplomatic posts overseas.

Can we get some more numbers into the early “diplomacy is dangerous” discussion? Sixty-six American diplomatic personnel and over a hundred contractors and locally employed staff killed since the 1970’s (or whatever the numbers are). I recognize we have some numbers on page 3 (Beirut bombing, 1998 attacks).

Yeah, whatever they are.

Her team also went back and forth trying to decide whether or not to use the line about "the backs of dead Americans," wondering if they should keep it in to stir moral outrage.