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Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, following a closed-door briefing on the investigation into the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, leads a hearing on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed Sept. 11, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, leads a hearing on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed Sept. 11, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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William J. Burns, left, deputy secretary of state, and Thomas R. Nides, deputy secretary of state for management and resources, speak before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 on the Benghazi attack. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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William J. Burns, left, deputy secretary of state, and Thomas R. Nides, deputy secretary of state for management and resources, speak before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 on the Benghazi attack. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing with Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides (right), who is in charge of management, and Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns (left), who is in charge of policy, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, after an independent review panel said this week that serious bureaucratic mismanagement was responsible for inadequate security at the mission in Benghazi, Libya, at which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed on Sept. 11. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, has been a trooper on foreign policy for President Obama, flying to Afghanistan and Pakistan many times to discuss diplomatic issues. (Associated Press)

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, has been a trooper on foreign policy for President Obama, flying to Afghanistan and Pakistan many times to discuss diplomatic issues. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, arrives on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington for a closed-door meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and others embassy staff were killed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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**FILE** Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Associated Press)

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Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Associated Press)

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Robert Stephen Beecroft listens Sept. 19, 2012, during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on Capitol Hill on his nomination to be ambassador to Iraq. (Associated Press)

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Robert Stephen Beecroft listens Sept. 19, 2012, during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on Capitol Hill on his nomination to be ambassador to Iraq. (Associated Press)

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (left), Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (center) and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testify May 23, 2012, on Capitol Hill before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Law of the Sea Convention. (Associated Press)

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (left), Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (center) and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testify May 23, 2012, on Capitol Hill before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Law of the Sea Convention. (Associated Press)

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Actor George Clooney responds March 14, 2012, to questions at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Sudan and South Sudan. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Michael McFaul testifies on Oct. 12, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his nomination as U.S. ambassador to Moscow. (Associated Press)

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry of Massachusetts is advocating for ratification of the controversial Law of the Sea Treaty. (Associated Press)

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Sen. John Kerry (left), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Richard G. Lugar, the ranking Republican on the panel, listen to testimony during a committee hearing on Libya and the War Powers Resolution on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)