WASHINGTON — Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is again under pressure from conservative lawmakers, after discovery of an email which hinted that she might have had prior knowledge about the trailer for the movie "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi."
The action movie, produced by Michael Bay, highlights the ground battle in Libya that left four Americans dead in 2012. Clinton has also come under fire recently for her use of a personal email server for official government correspondence, and this latest revelation may serve to undermine her chances at the Oval Office.
During a heated questioning period by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Clinton denied any knowledge of the trailer or the film.
"I don't go to the movies, anyway," she is reported to have said. "I watch them on my VCR."
According to committee spokesman Jamal Ware, committee investigators discovered an email in her spam folder advertising the upcoming film, putting Clinton on the defensive.
According to witnesses, Clinton became very agitated after Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) asked about another email between Hillary and an aide who told her she had just seen “something on Youtube about the Middle East,” claiming it was clear evidence that she had prior knowledge of the trailer’s release.
“I reiterate taking responsibility. With specific Youtube videos, they didn’t come to me. I don’t know what my people watch; I had no knowledge of them,” Clinton insisted.
Testimony during the hearing became very heated after Representative Mike McCaul (R-Texas) asked how they could expect to believe Clinton didn’t see the advertisement for the movie, even when investigators showed proof that ads for the film were sent directly to her IP address.
“1.43 million pop-up ads come to my computer and smartphone. They’re all addressed to me,” Clinton replied angrily.
“With all due respect, the fact is, we have another Michael Bay movie coming out," Clinton said. "Is it because Americans are desperate for high-budget action films, or is it because guys out for a walk decided they wanted to produce another CGI-filled travesty that no one in Hollywood had the ability to stop? What difference at this point does it make?”
Clinton's spokesman have had no response to a report that the committee is looking into reports that Clinton has actually seen "Pearl Harbor," despite claims that she was unfamiliar with Michael Bay’s work.