When the Republican attack machine kicks into gear, the tactics are predictable: muddy the waters on an already complicated situation; spread simplistic and deceptive soundbites; create the impression of a scandal where none exists; rinse and repeat. Benghazi is a perfect example. No matter how relentlessly Congressional Republicans investigate it, Benghazi is a tragedy, not a scandal. But that won’t stop some people from cynically and sanctimoniously using the death of four Americans to try to tarnish Hillary Clinton’s image. It is an unseemly ploy that will backfire.

In light of all the misinformation and hype, here’s everything you need to know about Benghazi, in Hillary Clinton’s words:

HILLARY CLINTON ON BENGHAZI

Congressional Republicans are engaging in a “political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans. It’s just plain wrong, and it’s unworthy of our great country.”
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“Many of these same people are a broken record about unanswered questions. But there is a difference between unanswered questions and unlistened to answers.”
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There’s a “regrettable amount of misinformation, speculation, and flat-out deceit by some in politics and the media.”
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Our military does everything humanly possible to save American lives — and would do more if they could. That anyone has ever suggested otherwise is something I will never understand.”
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“Every step of the way, whenever something new was learned, it was quickly shared with Congress and the American people.”
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There is a difference between getting something wrong, and committing wrong. A big difference that some have blurred to the point of casting those who made a mistake as intentionally deceitful.”
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The Accountability Review Board “had unfettered access to anyone and anything they thought relevant to their investigation, including me if they had chosen to do so.”
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There will never be perfect clarity on everything that happened. … But that should not be confused with a lack of effort to discover the truth or to share it with the American people.”
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Those who exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country.