Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is dismissing criticism of Hillary Clinton over the 2012 attacks in Benghazi as nothing more than “cheap politics.”
“Hillary, you know, I’ve worked with [when she was a] senator and just as a friend, that sort of thing. I think most of the criticisms of Hillary are totally unfounded — you can maybe disagree with her policies, but what’d you expect her to do in Benghazi?” Bloomberg said in an interview with Politico that was published Monday.
“I mean, it’s that kind of cheap politics which I don’t like,” he added. “She’s very competent.”
Congressional Republicans have been throwing extra punches at Clinton of late as the House GOP formed a select committee to open an investigation into the attacks. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who wants the committee to subpoena Clinton to testify, suggested Friday that the former secretary of state “precluded herself” from running for president because of how she handled the attacks.
For her part, Clinton told ABC News last week that she doesn’t see a need for Congress to continue to investigate what happened in Benghazi.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.