Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday on “America’s Newsroom” there’s “a very good chance” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied to Congress about not knowing anything about arming the Libyan rebels, despite new information potentially showing otherwise.
According to a new report, the government knew about arms being sent to the Libyan rebels at the time, which Paul says is “an important issue” because many of those who ended up with the arms “are not friends of America.”
“I find it very hard to believe Hillary Clinton didn’t know,” Paul told host Bill Hemmer. “In fact, she was the biggest cheerleader for sending these arms, and redistributing these arms into Syrian rebels. The reason this is an important issue, many of these people who received the arms are not friends of America. Many of them are linked to al-Qaida, al-Nusra and some of these weapons may well have would up in the hands of people who became ISIS. So this is no small fact.”
“Whether or not she told the truth is a big deal,” Paul continued. “And some of the emails coming out about Benghazi indicate that maybe she did know a lot more about this arms trade than she let on.”
”I don’t think our public officials should be allowed to come before congressional committees and lie,” he said. “But it’s also concerning because the big problem we face now with ISIS — did it have anything to do with Hillary Clinton arming people who either became ISIS or who were friends or allies of ISIS?”
“Well you dropped the L-word. Was she lying, senator?” Hemmer asked.
“I think there is a very good chance,” Paul said, “because I think there is no way that Hillary Clinton did not know about this. Her private emails show that she was the one supporting arming these people.”