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Flashback: Clinton told Rand Paul she 'didn't know' if US was smuggling arms from Benghazi

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In a January 23, 2013 Senate hearing, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if the United States was smuggling arms from Benghazi into other countries.

Paul specifically asked if the U.S. was involved in procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying or selling any weapons to Turkey out of Libya.

“To Turkey?” Clinton asked, before admitting she would have to take the question for the record.

“What I’d like to know is – the annex that was close by – were they involved with procuring, buying or selling, obtaining weapons, and were any of these weapons being transferred to other countries, any countries – Turkey included,” Paul clarified.

Clinton told Paul that he would have to ask the question of the “agency that ran the annex.”

“You are saying you don’t know,” Paul clarified.

“I do not know,” Clinton affirmed.

According to a report from CNN, there were “dozens” of Central Intelligence  agents in Benghazi at the time of the attack. The report also notes that many members of Congress are speculating that the CIA was operating in Benghazi for the purpose of transferring weapons to Syria from Turkey.

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