A lawsuit charging Hillary Clinton with negligence that directly contributed to the deaths of two Americans during the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya was tossed out by an Obama-appointed federal judge on Friday.
In the lawsuit, Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, parents of the slain soldiers, claimed that the attack that killed their sons, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, in addition to two other Americans, “was directly and proximately caused, at a minimum” by Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.
According to the document, “As a direct result of Defendant Clinton’s reckless handling of this classified, sensitive information, Islamic terrorists were able to obtain the whereabouts of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the U.S. State Department and covert and other government operations in Benghazi, Libya and subsequently orchestrate, plan, and execute the now infamous September 11, 2012 attack.”
Politico reported that U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson dismissed the wrongful death portion of the suit on technical grounds, ruling that Clinton used her email in the course of her official duties.
“Secretary Clinton did not refer to plaintiffs as liars,” Jackson decided. “Plaintiffs may find the candidate’s statements in her own defense to be ‘unpleasant or offensive,’ but Secretary Clinton did not portray plaintiffs as ‘odious, infamous, or ridiculous….’ To the contrary, the statements portray plaintiffs as normal parents, grieving over the tragic loss of their loved ones.”
Three days after the attack in Benghazi, video emerged of Clinton telling the grieving families, “We are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of your son.” The filmmaker was arrested, but Clinton’s narrative was proven to be untrue.
Clinton later went on to say that the families “misremembered” her comments about blaming the filmmaker for the attacker.
During the Republican National Convention in July, Smith said, “I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.”
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