- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee that’s investigating Benghazi, said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify for a second time on the 2012 terror attack that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens.

“The chairman asked me back in September to inquire as to whether Secretary Clinton would testify,” Mr. Cummings said, CNN reported. “She immediately said she would and that she wanted to come in December, but if December did not work, she would come in January. She said, ‘I’ll do it,’ period. The fact is, she was very clear. She did not hesitate for one second.”

Mrs. Clinton’s first Capitol Hill testimony about the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack didn’t go so well. At a January 2013 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, she engaged in a fiery exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson about the root of the attack, which the White House had painted as due to an impromptu protest that developed over a YouTube video that was critical of Muslims.

Mrs. Clinton finally said, in widely reported remarks: “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”

The White House ultimately admitted the attack was terrorist-based.



Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, didn’t explain why the former secretary of state agreed to testify again — or what she might say.

“I’m going to leave it to the committee to address their plans,” he said, CNN reported.

Mrs. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party candidate for president for 2016, is still living in the shadows of Benghazi and America’s response. She said in January 2014 that “my biggest regret is what happened in Benghazi,” various media reported.

“It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans, two diplomats and — now it is public so I can say — two CIA operatives,” she said a year ago, CNN reported.

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