Patricia Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith is not happy with former ambassador Yovanovitch invoking her son during a heated hearing.
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Per Dailymail, the mother of one of the four Americans killed in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya has lashed out at the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine for invoking her son’s name during her impeachment inquiry testimony.
Patricia Smith, the mother of late U.S. foreign service employee Sean Smith, berated former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in a Fox News interview on Friday.
In her testimony, Yovanovitch grouped herself with the brave U.S. diplomats who have died in the line of duty over the years.
Patricia Smith took umbrage at the comparison, saying: ‘He’s dead. He’s dead, and they don’t care.’
‘And now she’s worried — I can’t talk very well right now. I’m quite upset about this. I don’t know why people keep bringing Benghazi into this. She had nothing to do with Benghazi,’ she continued, visibly emotional.
The Benghazi reference was notable because GOP lawmakers, including then-Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., conducted well-publicized inquiries into the attack, accusing the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of negligence and attempting to cover up the circumstances around it.
Clinton initially said the attack was a spontaneous angry mob reacting to a video made in the U.S. that mocked Islam, but it was later determined that Islamic militant group Ansar al-Shari had conducted a coordinated assault.
Yovanovitch told House investigators that the failure of now-Secretary of State Pompeo and other senior officials to publicly defend her and other career diplomats from political attacks by Trump and his supporters has contributed to severe demoralization in the State Department.
‘I remain disappointed that the department´s leadership and others have declined to acknowledge that the attacks against me and others are dangerously wrong,’ Yovanovitch told Congress. ‘This is about far more than me or a couple of individuals. As Foreign Service professionals are being denigrated and undermined, the institution is also being degraded.’
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