Hillary Clinton Takes on 11 Hours of Questioning from Benghazi Committee
The House Select Committee on Benghazi adjourned Thursday after questioning Hillary Clinton for 11 hours, leaving one of the panelists, Representative Adam Smith, D-Washington, pointing out, “We have learned nothing new on Benghazi.”
The committee was created to gain knowledge on what happened during the terrorist attack on the Libyan Embassy on September 11, 2012. An attack that left four Americans dead including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
The committee has come under recent scrutiny after House Majority Leader Representative Kevin McCarthy admitted in an interview at the beginning of this month, “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? We put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.” These comments left many believing the select committee was politically charged, and recent polling shows 72% of Americans agree, according to CNN.
Representative Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, agreeing with the scrutiny, stated during the hearing, it’s impossible “for any reasonable person to continue denying that Republicans are squandering millions of taxpayer dollars on this abusive effort to derail Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”
In disagreement, Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, added, “Madame Secretary, I understand some people— frankly in both parties— have suggested this investigation is about you. Let me assure you it is not.”
After hours of questions and answers and a total of three breaks, Clinton continuously defended herself and the actions of her State Department.
“There was never any recommendation from anyone from State Department officials, intelligence officials, or any other government officials with knowledge on the issue to leave Benghazi,” the Former Secretary of State stated during the questioning period. “No one ever came to me and said, ‘We should shut down our compound in Benghazi.”
Clinton continued by talking about the night of the attack as a “swirl and whirl” and states, “It was all hands on deck. The attack on the compound was incredibly fast.” She continued to defend her record as Secretary of State and continues dismissing the accusations she did not care about the Americans in Libya.
“I would imagine I’ve thought more about what happened than all of you put together,” Clinton stated to a politically divided committee. “I’ve lost more sleep than all of you put together.”