Taking the Fall: Hillary Clinton to Testify on Benghazi Attack Today
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today on the Sep. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Clinton missed previous opportunities to testify due to a fall she sustained while recovering from the stomach flu; doctors later discovered and treated a blood clot near her brain. Her testimony will mark her last week as Secretary of State, and will likely leave many questions about the attack still unanswered.
As Secretary of State, Clinton bears formal responsibility for the security of U.S. diplomatic missions and their staff. She accepted blame for the Benghazi attack in October, though President Barack Obama later said that he bore ultimate responsibility, and had previously insisted that “ultimately, the buck stops with me” on security issues.