Finally - Clinton to testify about Benghazi
I'm sure the Obama administration wishes questions about the Benghazi attack and subsequent murder of our ambassador and 3 others would just go away. They successfully stonewalled the issue until after the election and then some ill-timed health issues afflicting Secretary Clinton prevented her from testifying last year.
But today, the House and Senate foreign affairs committees will each get their shot at question Mrs. Clinton about what happened, why the investigation has been botched, and why the perpetrators are still at large thumbing their nose at the US government.
Republicans have been clamoring for her to testify before she leaves office, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) making her appearance a prerequisite to Kerry's nomination hearing. They're expected to hammer the Obama administration for both the Benghazi fiasco and the resurgence of al Qaeda-linked groups in nearby Mali and Algeria, where three Americans were killed last week when militants took over a natural-gas facility.
Lawmakers say they still have plenty of questions. The two parties have new leaders on both the House and Senate Foreign Affairs panels, and Wednesday's hearings will be their first public performance in their new role.
"The key here is the disconnect between what State Department personnel said were the security needs and the lack of response," Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the new chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Hill. "That's the mystery."
Royce said the panel also had questions about the decision not to fire anyone for the security failings, despite earlier reports that four people had been reprimanded.
The State Department is promising that Clinton will answer any questions asked of her.
"What the secretary will do tomorrow is be available to Congress, first and foremost, to update them on the implementation of the ARB's recommendations, but also to answer any questions they have of her," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday. "As she'll make clear tomorrow, all of the recommendations are currently being implemented, but there will be plenty of implementation work that needs to be carried forward by her successor."
Nuland said four people were put on administrative leave because of the report's recommendations, including Assistant Secretary of Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell, who resigned from his current position.
Don't expect too many revelations coming from Hillary. But GOP members can make her squirm when they ask some direct questions about our response to the attack, and most especially, the almost comically inept manner in which the investigation into who is responsible has been conducted.