Congress has been waiting for the opportunity to get answers for the events surrounding the four deaths of officials at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
Some members of Congress like Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) accused Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration of duping them with reporting that the anti-Muslim video protests that occurred in the area leaving angry protesters on the streets “and something sprang out of that”
“We were mislead that there were supposedly protests, then something sprang out of that, assaults sprang out of that, and that was easily ascertained that, that was not the fact and the American people could’ve known that within days.”
But Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, took his remarks as well as line of questioning as an empty attack on her:
“We had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or because of guys out for a walk one night and decided to go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make, Senator? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.”
John McCain (R-Ariz.) went after Clinton as well saying that the questions they have, as well as the “American people” have not been properly answered. But Hillary held her ground against numerous Republicans grilling her with scathing comments in the heated 5-hour exchange, according to CBS.
Thick-skinned Clinton did not flinch when responding with admittance of her culpability in the events. But, at one moment, she became emotional when she thought of the day the “flag-draped caskets” arrived back in the U.S.:
“[I] stood next to President Obama as the Marines [who] carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews.”
“I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters,” she said. “And the wives left alone to raise their children.”
But Rand Paul (R-Ky.) whose father, Ron Paul, ran in the presidential race and was eliminated early on, said to Clinton:
“I’m glad that you’re accepting responsibility. I think that ultimately with your leaving that you accept culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11 and I really mean that. Had I been president at the time and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, did not read the cables of Ambassador Stephens, I would’ve relieved you of your post. I think its inexcusable that you did not know about this and you did not read these cables…not to know of the request from security really I think cost these people their lives.”
She made a point to remind them that the money needed for strengthening their efforts in Benghazi and other locations were repeatedly struck down by these very same republicans over and over again.
Check out the footage and exchange. Hillary Clinton held her own and she could’ve been asked more penetrating questions that the Republicans did not ask because they were too busy posturing and being overtly Republican to get serious questions answered that could resolve future challenges.
Hillary Clinton’s exchange with Ron Johnson and her emotional response:
Rand Paul attacks Clinton: