What they are saying about the suit against Hillary Clinton

Freedom Watch USA has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hillary Clinton on behalf of the parents of two Americans killed in the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.

The suit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch USA. Freedom Watch is a conservative political advocacy group. The suit, filed on behalf of Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, also includes claims of “defamation and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.”

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Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith were killed, along with Glen Doherty and Ambassador Christopher Stevens, during the attack on Sept. 11, 2012.

Here’s what other media outlets are saying about the suit.

Email server was cause of Benghazi


"In the suit, Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, the parents of Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, claim that Clinton's use of a private e-mail server contributed to the attacks. They also accuse her of defaming them in public statements. Smith was an information management officer and Woods was a security officer, both stationed in Benghazi. "The Benghazi attack was directly and proximately caused, at a minimum by defendant Clinton's 'extreme carelessness' in handling confidential and classified information," such as the location of State Department employees in Libya, the lawsuit said.”

What responsibility did she have

Chicago Tribune

 “The parents of two men killed in Benghazi, Libya nearly four years ago are suing former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying the attack resulted from her “reckless” handling of classified information. The federal lawsuit, filed Monday, comes from Patricia Smith of San Diego, whose son Sean Smith was a U.S. State Department technology officer, and Charles Woods of Portland, Ore., whose son Tyrone Woods was CIA security contractor. … Since then, Clinton and the question of what responsibility she may have had for those deaths prompted a two-year inquiry that revealed she had used a private email server for government business.”

“Reckless handling” of classified material


“The parents of two of the four Americans who died in the Benghazi attack in 2012 filed a lawsuit Monday against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, alleging her "reckless handling" of classified information contributed to their deaths. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch USA on behalf of Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, and Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, for allegedly wrongfully causing the death of their sons as well as for defamation and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.”

The connection between attack and anti-Muslim video

New York Times

 “The parents of two Americans killed in the 2012 attack on a United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, filed a lawsuit on Monday against Hillary Clinton, saying that her “‘extreme carelessness’ in handling confidential and classified information” while secretary of state contributed to the conditions that led to their sons’ deaths.  … The suit also accuses Mrs. Clinton of having made “false and defamatory statements negligently, recklessly and purposefully and/or intentionally with malice” in her public comments, including those about the connection between the attack and an anti-Muslim YouTube video. Both Ms. Smith and Mr. Woods have spoken out publicly against Mrs. Clinton during the election campaign.”

Smith and Woods have been critical of Clinton


“The parents of two Americans killed in the Benghazi attacks in 2012 have filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, who served as secretary of state at the time. Patricia Smith and Charles Woods are seeking damages for wrongful death, defamation, the intentional infliction of emotional distress and more. …The move comes three months from the general election, from two parents who have been critical of the Democratic presidential nominee's handling of Benghazi and the public and private answers she's given to questions about just what occurred at the US diplomatic compound there the night their sons were killed. The lawsuit was filed by Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch, a conservative organization that's been critical of Clinton and sought her emails from her private server during her tenure as secretary of state.”

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