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Clinton's trial by Benghazi

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 01:55

Presidential candidate Clinton heads to Capitol Hill where she will again testify on Benghazi. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The fires from Benghazi still burn on Capitol Hill where Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton will face questioning before a Republican panel Thursday. It's a road she has traveled before, defending her record in 2013. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON: "The fact is we had four dead Americans, whether it was because of a protest or because there was some guys who went out for a walk one night and decided they wanted to go kill some Americans. What difference at this point does this make? It is our job to figure out what happened and to everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again." Clinton was secretary of state in September 2012 when U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, were attacked, killing four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Now the Republican-led Benghazi Committee is under fire -- plagued by accusations that the attack in Libya has become a political witch hunt... and after Representative Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, suggested in a recent interview that the probe helped to drive down Clinton's presidential poll ratings. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY, IN AN EXCHANGE WITH A REPORTER, SAYING: "Let's be very clear. Benghazi is not political. It was created for one purpose and one purpose only: to find the truth on behalf of the families of the four dead Americans." John Hudak of the Brookings Institution (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHN HUDAK, FELLOW IN GOVERNANCE STUDIES, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION, SAYING: "When you have someone like a Majority Leader of the House of Representatives essentially alluding to the fact that a committee was created to investigate the death of an ambassador but was really created to hurt a presidential candidate's poll numbers, that is jarring and it reeks of political malfeasance and it's something that Democrats hate and it's something independent voters hate even if Republicans don't believe that that's truly the intent." For Hillary Clinton -- the road to the White house will go through Benghazi -- an issue that will likely still follow her on the campaign trail even after her testimony.

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Clinton's trial by Benghazi

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 01:55