By Mario Trujillo - 12/30/13 10:42 AM EST
A Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee alleged Monday that The New York Times published a story about the Benghazi, Libya, attack in order to advance former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonJohnson faces tough crowd at Libertarian debate Sanders: Clinton shouldn't pick VP from Wall Street McAfee on chances of Libertarian win: 'We're not that stupid' MORE’s possible White House bid
Westmoreland said the Times could be trying to help lay the groundwork for a potential Clinton presidential run in 2016. Clinton led the State Department during the attack.
“I don’t know why they put it out, unless it was for political reasons, but we thoroughly dispute that story as far as the link to al Qaeda,” he said Monday on Fox News.
“Of course, Secretary Clinton was in charge at the time, and, you know, there are just now a lot of rumors going and pushing about her running for president in 2016,” he said. “So, I think they are already laying the groundwork.”
He also accused the newspaper of attempting to absolve Clinton and the Obama administration.