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U.S. Senator Johnson backtracks in accusing Clinton of emotional "trump card"


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - U.S. Senator Ron Johnson said today he should not have accused Hillary Clinton of using her emotions to dodge questions about last fall’s attack at the American embassy in Libya.

The Wisconsin Republican told the Buzz Feed Web site after Wednesday’s Senate hearing on the Benghazi attack that Clinton planned to invoke the deaths of four Americans in the raid as a “trump card” to avoid questions.

Thursday, Johnson told CNN he probably speculated about the trump card, and he should not have. But he stood by the comments he made at the hearing – that the State Department misled Americans by passing the attack off as a planned protest instead of a terrorist act.

Meanwhile, Clinton’s possible replacement as Secretary of State – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry – said Johnson missed a classified briefing on the attacks.

In a report on the Talking Points Memo Web site, Kerry said the briefing included video tapes which made what happened, “crystal clear.”

Johnson sparred with Clinton over the details of the attack – and at one point, she got exasperated and said, “What difference does it make.”

Kerry said that if the question was whether the truth should come out, he said it should – and Clinton would agree. He said Clinton’s pointed remark referred to the sequence and timing of the events – and when the intelligence information came to light.