Bill Clinton on the Benghazi inquiry: ‘Nobody thinks they’re going to whitewash anything’

Bill Clinton on Roosevelt Island. (Azi Paybarah )
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After a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning for the new FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, former president Bill Clinton waded into the crowd to shake hands and greet well-wishers.

I crowded in among the reporters trying to get to him, and asked what he thought of the skepticism expressed by Republicans about the arrangement whereby Hillary Clinton drew heat from President Obama by accepting blame for what happened in Benghazi.

"I was very proud of what she said [in] a series of interviews, and I think if you look at the committee she appointed to look into this, nobody thinks they're going to whitewash anything," Clinton said. "Those people are genuine heavyweights. They will look into it, they will tell us what happened, what went wrong and what we should do now, and I think we should wait to see what they say."

Separately, New York Post City Hall bureau chief David Seifman asked Clinton whether he thought Obama was "back."

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"I don't think he ever went away, but I thought he did well last night," Clinton said.