WASHINGTON, D.C. – Did U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, a three-term Republican from Central New York, just provide an unintended boost to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign?
Clinton's campaign Wednesday night seized on comments Hanna made earlier in the day about the GOP House investigation of the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
"This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people – an individual: Hillary Clinton," Hanna said in a live interview with Utica radio station WIBX (950 AM).
Hanna added, "And I also think there is a lot of it that is important, and we needed to get to the bottom of this."
Clinton's campaign responded, "Yet another House Republican has admitted the House Select Committee on Benghazi is a politically motivated sham intended to damage Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign."
In September, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., talked about the success of the committee's investigation in hurting Clinton's poll numbers. McCarthy later said he misspoke.