Conservative Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol is lashing out at Karl Rove and his American Crossroads super PAC for using last year’s attacks in Benghazi to attack former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 presidential race.
During a Fox News panel segment on Sunday, Kristol complained that there had been a “partisan reaction” to both the attacks in Benghazi and the news that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted tea party groups to find out if they had violated their tax exempt status.
Kristol pointed to a web video released by American Crossroads last week that attacked Clinton for allegedly participating in a Benghazi “cover up.”
“I do not like the conservative Republican groups putting ads up about Hillary Clinton,” he said. “What is the point of that? That is just fundraising by American Crossroads and these other groups. It’s ridiculous! There’s no campaign going on!”
“Let’s pull the partisanship back. It’s a genuine outrage what happened in Benghazi, it’s a genuine outrage what the IRS did… So I wish the Republicans would just be quiet for while — I mean, the partisan Republican groups that are fundraising off this — would be quiet on both issues for a while, and let’s find out what really happened.”
Watch this video from the Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast May 12, 2013.