In a hearing that lasted over 10 hours, Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. This was her second time appearing before Congress to answer questions about the attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans. However, it was the first time she appeared since it was announced that she used a private email server as Secretary of State.
The day began with opening statements by members of the committee and Clinton (read Clinton’s opening statement on The Briefing). Clinton was then asked an endless series of questions about her response to the attack on Benghazi including where she was, who she spoke with and when, what she knew and when, and why other options weren’t exercised. The other topic of interest was her use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. She was asked why she used it, who had access to it, why she didn’t turn over all of emails instantly, and how it was decided which emails were personal and which were for work.
The questioning was tense at times, and Clinton and members of the committee did get heated. At one point in the conversation, two members of the committee, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina), and top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) argued with each other for several minutes before Rep. Gowdy (the chairman of the committee) called for a break.
Much will be said about Clinton’s testimony over the coming days and weeks both in the press and online, but we believe in presenting the information directly to those interested. You can read a full text of Clinton’s opening statement on The Briefing, and full video of the testimony is available from C-SPAN. The video is presented in four parts and can be accessed at the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
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News Source: Business Insider