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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Panetta and Dempsey to testify on Benghazi

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 until Monday.

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)

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