(CBS NEWS) There’s “no question” someone from Hillary Clinton’s circle – if not the former secretary of state herself – was involved in the “cover-up” of any missteps by the administration following an attack on a U.S. consulate last Sept. 11 in Benghazi, Libya, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told CBS News on Monday.
“If Hillary Clinton is not responsible for the before, during and after mistakes… it’s somebody close,” Issa told CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes on Monday. “There certainly are plenty of people close to the former secretary who knew, and apparently were part of the problem.”
Ahead of a hearing on Benghazi in Issa’s committee this week, Fox News reportedthat Mark I. Thompson, the deputy coordinator for operations in the State Department’s counterterrorism bureau, will testify that Clinton attempted to cut out the bureau from communications about the attack. Such charges would likely cripple not only Clinton’s pristine record as secretary, but also the chance that she’ll decide to launch a presidential bid in 2016.