Republicans on the committee looking into the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, demanded answers about emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from her shadowy adviser Sidney Blumenthal. In sharp exchanges with Republicans over her tenure as America’s chief diplomat and her response to the continuous requests for additional security issued by Amb. Chris Stevens, who was killed along with 3 other Americans on September 11, 2012, Clinton said she was a leader, saying that the evaluation of security risks is “a balancing act.”
The October 22 hearing before Republicans and Democrats extended from 10 am until past 1 pm during the first exchange. During her testimony, Clinton said she was testifying in an effort to “honor those we lost.”
The first half of Hillary Clinton's day-long 'interrogation' on Capitol Hill Thursday by a GOP-controlled House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya ended in a shouting match between the panel's top Republican and Democrat. Clinton said she took responsibility for the four Americans' deaths as part of her duties at State.
However, when Chairman Trey Gowdy (R) read out the names of the four Americans who died in the 2012 attack, she appeared to ignore him while looking at her notes. They were Amb. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Gowdy said “served this country with courage and with honor,” adding, “And they were killed under circumstances most of us could never imagine.” He continued, “Terrorists poured through the front gate of an American facility attacking people and property with machine guns, mortars and fire.”
When Clinton spoke, she made her testimony a memorial to the fallen. “I'm here to honor the service of those four men ... and the work their colleagues do every single day all over the world,” she said. “I took responsibility” claimed Clinton. She also claimed to have “launched reforms to better protect our people in the field and help reduce the chances of another tragedy happening.” She described Amb. Stevens as a friend, taking responsibility for his death. “As Secretary of State, I had the honor to lead and the responsibility to support nearly 70,000 diplomats and development experts across the globe,” she said.
“Losing any one of them, as we did in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico, Haiti, and Libya during my tenure, was deeply painful for our entire State Department and USAID family, and for me personally. I was the one who asked Chris to go to Libya as our envoy. I was the one who recommended him to be our ambassador to to the president.” He appeared to scold the Republicans on the committee, “I have thought about what happened more than all of you put together,” adding, “I have lost more sleep than all of you put together. I have racked my brain thinking about what more could have been done.”
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