Some conservatives have high hopes for a Clinton diary or notes, but I doubt they would be nearly as incriminating as they expect.
Once everything began, she would most likely have kept a log of talking points and spin. There would have been some mention of trying to calm Muslims and probably the targeting of the Innocence of Muslims filmmaker.
Hillary has had a long tutorial in scandal management. In a crisis, she would have been thinking of the impact on her future race. But that’s clearly what Obama and Co. were also thinking. Such notes might be revealing, but I wouldn’t count on ever seeing them. The genuinely damning stuff would have stayed in her head. Maybe twenty years from now some current friend will donate her notes of her talks with Hillary to some university and we’ll know a little more of what was going on in her head.
But really we already know. For over a decade, Hillary had been doing everything she could to get to the White House. Seeing Americans dying, her first thought and priority would have been an obsession with how the Republicans would use it to get her.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would be unwilling to turn over her notes on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack in an interview shown Tuesday on NBC Nightly News.
CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: You write in great detail in the book about what was happening in Benghazi as it evolved. Did you keep a diary during your time?
HILLARY CLINTON: I kept a lot of notes.
MCFADDEN: If the committee wants your notes, would you turn those over?
CLINTON: They can read it in the book. Let’s see whether this is on the level or not because that really matters to me. I don’t want to be part of something which, in any way, politicizes or demeans the sacrifice that we saw happen there.
Offering investigators your ghostwritten campaign book instead of your notes takes a special kind of nerve. It’s as if Nixon had tried to pawn off Watergate investigators with Six Crises, a book that has a certain resemblance to Hard Choices.