Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday about last year’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) had announced
the hearing last week, and committee aides confirmed Panetta
would be testifying, but the hearing was not finalized by the committee
Thursday’s hearing also means that the committee vote on
Panetta’s successor, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), could take place this
week. Levin said last week that Hagel’s confirmation could happen after the Benghazi
hearing if everything lines up correctly.
Panetta’s testimony will satisfy the demands of Sen. Lindsey
Graham (R-S.C.), who last week had threatened to hold Hagel’s nomination unless
Panetta testified on last year’s Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, in which four Americans
were killed. (Continues)