Benghazi widow rebukes Clinton for telling country to 'move on'

Story highlights

  • "Nobody in government can tell me how I feel, what I should feel about it," Dorothy Woods said
  • Clinton's comment came after House Republicans released a long-awaited report on the 2012 incident

Washington (CNN)The wife of one of the men killed during the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, rebuked Hillary Clinton on Thursday for encouraging the country to "move on" four years after the violence.

Dorothy Woods, the widow of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, told CNN's Erin Burnett in her first interview since the attacks that she found Clinton's comments to be in sync with other "dismissive" remarks from critics of the Benghazi investigation. The probe has been slammed by Democrats as partisan and more focused on harming Clinton than on finding out the truth about the September 11, 2012, attack.
    "Nobody in government can tell me how I feel, what I should feel about it," Woods said. "She has no right -- nor does anyone in government have the right -- to tell me it's time to move on. They're not in my shoes."
    At a campaign stop in Denver this week, Clinton said, "I'll leave it to others to characterize the report, but I think it's pretty clear it's time to move on."
    Clinton's comment came after House Republicans released a long-awaited report on the 2012 incident, which left four Americans dead, including Woods' husband. The report faulted the administration broadly but did not produce any new bombshells about what critics call malfeasance by Clinton.
    Woods said she had come to her own conclusions and the report "doesn't change anything."
    "It did not change my view of what happened, nor who to blame," she said. "I place a blame on this sentiment, on this attitude in the upper level of government that says, 'Hey, you know what, I'm just gonna lie about this, gloss over it, because I want to protect what I look like, and I'm thinking about the next job.'"