Clinton to Testify Before House Panel in January
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify in January before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told CNN on Wednesday.
Clinton was slated to testify on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya before the panel on Thursday, but canceled her scheduled Capitol Hill appearances after her office acknowledged on Saturday she had recently suffered a concussion and would be working from home this week.
Her medical absence this week would not get her off the hook for testifying, Republicans on the panel said over the weekend.
Ros-Lehtinen issued a statement saying, “We still don’t have information from the Obama Administration on what went so tragically wrong in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four patriotic Americans. We have been combing through classified and unclassified documents and have tough questions about State Department threat assessments and decision-making on Benghazi. This requires a public appearance by the Secretary of State herself. Other cabinet secretaries involved should also be held publicly accountable.”
A date has not yet been set for the mid-January testimony, Ros-Lehtinen said Wednesday, but said Clinton’s adviser Cheryl Mills told her the secretary would not be traveling and would be available.
The State Department released late Tuesday the results of an independent investigation into the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Libya which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Republicans have questioned the administration’s public statements in the wake of the attack, which contained incorrect information.
Their criticism of comments made by U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice led to Rice withdrawing her name from consideration to replace Clinton, who plans to step down.
Three department officials resigned on Wednesday after the report found “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department” resulting in a security operation that was “inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.”