Hillary Clinton set to testify on Benghazi before House Foreign Affairs Committee
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Hillary Clinton set to testify on Benghazi before House Foreign Affairs Committee

Washington : DC : USA | Jan 14, 2013 at 8:41 PM PST
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to testify on Jan. 23 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee regarding the Sept. 11 attack on US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left dead four Americans, including a US ambassador. The announcement came from Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the committee.

Clinton was scheduled to answer questions regarding the Benghazi attack in December, but she delayed the plan due to her health issues. She had a concussion and a blood clot in her head due to which she fainted and was later hospitalized. She resumed work the previous week.

Clinton is also expected to answer the questions of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after testifying the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

One State Department official resigned and three others were relieved of their duties in December after an independent probe of the Benghazi attack found poor coordination and management failure at the highest level of the State Department.

Clinton, who has planned to leave her post, is expected to face tough questions about the State Department's management of security for diplomatic facilities and personnel.

President Obama has selected Sen. John Kerry to replace Clinton as Secretary of State.

Royce, a California Republican, has said that the testimony’s purpose is "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,” according to CNN.

It is pertinent to mention here that the committee has already held two testimonies on the issue. Deputy Secretary William J. Burns and Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Thomas R. Nides faced the committee’s questions on Dec. 20. The other testimony took place on Nov. 15, in which security experts, including former CIA personnel, appeared and answered questions about the Benghazi attack.

US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, faced severe criticism for her comments about the attack. Rice had initially said that the attack was an unplanned retaliation to an anti-Islam film; however, it later turned out to be a planned terrorist attack. The deep criticism from Republican leaders forced Rice to out of an expected nomination to replace Clinton.

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Jennifer Rees is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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