Sep. 9, 2016 11:05am Dave Urbanski
The attorney representing parents of two Benghazi victims filed an affidavit in federal court asking for a default judgment against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she didn’t respond to a lawsuit they filed against her in August, LawNewz reported.
The lawsuit from Pat Smith and Charles Woods — parents of U.S. Foreign Service member Sean Smith and Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods who died in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate — alleges that Clinton wrongfully caused their sons’ deaths. They also sued the Democratic presidential nominee for defamation and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Their attorney, Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, wrote the following in an affidavit, Lawnewz said: “Despite having been served in this matter, no appearance has been entered by Defendant Hillary Clinton, no responsive pleading has been filed or served upon counsel for Plaintiffs: no motions for extension of time have been filed.” He added that the court “is requested to enter a Default against Defendant Hillary Clinton.”
Lawnewz added that, according to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Clinton was required to respond or file for an extension 21 days after being served — and court records show a summons was issued Aug. 9. However, the outlet noted, it’s unclear if the summons was properly served or if Clinton received it.
Both Woods and Smith also claimed Clinton defamed them in statements to the media.
“During her campaign for President, Defendant Clinton has negligently, recklessly, and/or maliciously defamed Plaintiffs by either directly calling them liars, or by strongly implying that they are liars, in order to protect and enhance her public image and intimidate and emotionally harm and silence them to not speak up about the Benghazi attack on at least four separate occasions,” the complaint reads.
During a July 31 interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Clinton was asked by host Chris Wallace about the allegations.
“Chris, my heart goes out to both of them,” she said, CNN reported. “Losing a child under any circumstances, especially in this case, two State Department employees, extraordinary men, both of them, two CIA contractors gave their lives protecting our countries, our values. I understand the grief and the incredible sense of loss that can motivate that.”