Date
27 July 2017
Hillary Clinton remains calm in the face of aggressive questioning on Benghazi by the House committee. Photo: AFP
Hillary Clinton remains calm in the face of aggressive questioning on Benghazi by the House committee. Photo: AFP

Hillary Clinton defends her record in Benghazi at hearing

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton deflected harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

She urged her questioners in Congress to put US national security ahead of politics, Reuters reported.

At a sometimes bitter day-long hearing Thursday, Republicans accused the Democratic front-runner in the 2016 US presidential race of misinforming the public about the cause of the attack by suspected Islamic militants that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.

Clinton, 67, calmly avoided the fray during the most heated exchanges between Republicans and her Democratic allies and stayed composed under sometimes hostile and aggressive questions from Republican lawmakers.

But hours of questioning uncovered no new revelations in a deadly incident that has been the subject of half a dozen other congressional investigations and an independent inquiry.

The appearance before the Benghazi panel was a political test for Clinton, who has been on a hot streak with a strong performance in last week’s first Democratic debate and the news on Wednesday that her strongest potential challenger, Vice President Joe Biden, will not seek the Democratic nomination for the November 2016 election.

Clinton told the panel, made up of seven Republicans and five Democrats, the attacks must not discourage US action globally and said the incident already had been thoroughly investigated.

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