BY JIM KOURI
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to finally testify before Congress late this month regarding the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a GOP senator claimed yesterday.
“I had some very good conversations with her chief of staff,” Senator Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview on MSNBC. “My sense is, her hearing probably will take place the morning of the 22nd.”
Secretary Clinton was supposed to testify in December, but she had to cancel the hearing because of a concussion and then hospitalization because of a brain blood clot.
She returned to her office Monday after about a month of being incapacitated due to her medical condition.
Victoria Nuland, the State Department’s press secretary, said on Monday that Clinton would testify on the attack before she leaves the Obama administration.
In the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi alleged terrorists killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans. In the aftermath, Clinton’s State Department had been harshly criticized for inadequate security measures at the U.S. mission.
On Dec. 18, 2012, the independent Accountability Review Board (ARB) released a review of the Benghazi attack, noting that “management deficiencies” at high levels of the State Department had contributed to the deadly outcome.
Following the report, four State Department officials were removed from their posts, including Eric Boswell, assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security. However, a closer examination revealed they were not fired but moved to other positions within the Obama administration.
The 65-year-old Clinton has said she would step down as secretary of state when President Barack Obama finishes his first term this month. Obama has nominated Democratic Senator John Kerry as Hillary Clinton’s successor.
The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Contact Jim.