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**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden delivers remarks at the 43rd annual Washington Conference on the Americas at the State Department in Washington on May 8, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden delivers remarks at the 43rd annual Washington Conference on the Americas at the State Department in Washington on May 8, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Vice Chairman Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, speaks as State Department officials Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson, Foreign Service Officer and Gregory Hicks, senior diplomat in Libya, and Eric Nordstrom, Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya, testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill on May 8, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of State John Kerry talks to reporters during a joint news conference with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo following their meeting at the State Department in Washington on April 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission/ChargÈ díAffairs in Libya Gregory Hicks, center, and State Department officials Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson, right, arrive to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission/ChargÈ díAffairs in Libya Gregory Hicks, center, and State Department officials Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson, right, arrive to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

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State Department Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson arrives to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

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State Department officials Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson gives opening testimony before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Vice Chairman Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, speaks as State Department officials Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson, Foreign Service Officer and Gregory Hicks, senior diplomat in Libya, and Eric Nordstrom, Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya, testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill on May 8, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Left to right: State Department officials Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson, Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya Gregory Hicks, and Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya Eric Nordstrom are sworn in to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Left to right: State Department officials Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson, Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya Gregory Hicks, and Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya Eric Nordstrom are sworn in to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of State John Kerry talks to reporters during a joint news conference with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo following their meeting at the State Department in Washington on April 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Secretary of State John Kerry talks to reporters during a joint news conference with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo following their meeting at the State Department in Washington on April 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by President Obama, meets Sept. 12, 2012, with State Department personnel in the courtyard of the State Department building in Washington after the president spoke at the White House concerning the recent deaths of Americans in Libya. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** A person opposing the Keystone XL pipeline holds up photographs of an oil spill during the U.S. State Department's sole public hearing in Grand Island, Neb., on April 18, 2013, to allow citizens to make their views known on the $7.6 billion Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** A person opposing the Keystone XL pipeline holds up photographs of an oil spill during the U.S. State Department's sole public hearing in Grand Island, Neb., on April 18, 2013, to allow citizens to make their views known on the $7.6 billion Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se, not pictured, at the State Department in Washington, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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** FILE ** Carry teams move transfer cases of the remains of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, from a transport plane during a ceremony Sept. 14, 2012, at Andrews Air Force Base, marking the start of congressional and State Department inquiries into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se, not pictured, at the State Department in Washington, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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**FILE** State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland (Associated Press)