Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to testify about the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, before the House and Senate when both chambers are back in session the week of Jan. 21, sources said Tuesday.
sense is, her hearing probably will take place the morning of the
22nd,” the incoming ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on
Tuesday. Corker said he had had “some very good conversations with her
chief of staff” and that Clinton appeared “anxious to want to come up
and testify on Benghazi.”
Clinton was scheduled to appear before
the House and Senate Foreign Affairs panels last month but sent her
deputies instead after falling ill. Republicans have accused her State
Department of failing to adequate provide for security at the U.S.
mission in Benghazi prior to the Sept. 11 attack that killed Ambassador
Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed during her press
briefing that Clinton is expected to appear before both chambers before
the confirmation hearing for her replacement, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.),
takes place. Nuland said no date has been set yet, but she pointed out
that the two chambers won't both be back in before President Obama's
Jan. 21 inauguration. (Continues)