Ed Royce, (R-CA) Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee announced today, Jan. 14, 2013, that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify about Benghazi on Jan. 23, 2013. The purpose of her visit to Capitol Hill is to "answer questions about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya," according to the press release issued by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
There have been two previous hearings on the Benghazi attack in the House. During the first hearing on Nov. 15, 2013, security experts and former CIA personnel testified. On Dec. 20, 2012, Secretary Clinton’s deputies, Deputy Secretary William J. Burns and Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Thomas R. Nides, testified after Secretary Hillary Clinton fell ill. Her stomach virus caused her to collapse and fall suffering a concussion. Later, Secretary Clinton was diagnosed with a blood clot, which required hospitalization for a few days.
After Hillary Clinton took responsibility for the Benghazi attack and how it was mishandled, there are high expectations for the testimony of the one who should have the answers that have so long eluded us as a nation. So far, Chairman Ed Royce is being very polite and positive about the upcoming testimony by Secretary Clinton. According to the press release from the House Foreign Affairs Committee:
“I appreciate Secretary Clinton’s desire and willingness to testify before the Committee as we continue to examine this deadly terrorist attack in an effort to ensure that nothing like it happens again. My intention is for this hearing to focus on why this attack was not better anticipated, what leadership failures at the State Department existed, and what management deficiencies need to be corrected in order to better secure our diplomatic facilities abroad and protect our diplomats serving in them. It is important to learn all we can about what happened in Benghazi because at the end of the day, it could happen again. After all, al-Qaeda plans attacks over and over again.”
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