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2012 Benghazi Attack Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton testifies

23 Jan, 2013

Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, an appearance delayed more than a month because of her ill health.

She grew angry when a Republican accused the Obama administration of misleading the country over whether the attack stemmed from a protest.

With all due respect, the fact is that we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again.

Clinton said that there were at least 20 other U.S. diplomatic posts under serious security threat, but declined to name them at the public session.

Senator Bob Corker saying the Benghazi attack and the U.S. response displayed “woeful unpreparedness” for the events sweeping the region. Senator Rand Paul said Clinton should have been fired.

Clinton repeated comments she made on October 15, said: “I take responsibility,” and said she had accepted all the recommendations of an independent panel that investigated the incident and that held lower-level officials responsible.

Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger and more secure.

Clinton also defended Ambassador Rice:

People have accused Ambassador Rice and the administration of, you know, misleading Americans. Nothing could be further from the truth.