Hillary Clinton to Testify on Benghazi, Missing Emails

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Hillary Clinton will testify before a House Of Representatives special panel investigating the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans.

Former Secretary of State Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, contacted lawmakers Monday in response to a request for Clinton to appear twice before the Benghazi committee to discuss a number of issues surrounding the events in Benghazi and Clinton’s use of private emails for official purposes.

Chairman of the committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), had requested that she appear twice to answer over one hundred questions, but Kendall said that Clinton would testify only once and that she would “answer all of the questions during one session and it would not be necessary for her to appear twice.

Congressman Trey Gowdy, (R) – South Carolina, talked about chairing the select committee investigating the    Benghazi attack, and spoke about Hillary Clinton’s upcoming date for testimony [USATODAY]

Many critics of the House special committee headed by Rep. Gowdy claim that the committee has spent too much time investigating Clinton’s involvement and have not pursued other involved parties such as Raymond Maxwell, the former deputy assistant secretary for near-east affairs. Critics also suggest that the hearings should be public and conducted in the court of public opinion.

In an opinion piece from April, The Washington Times describes a theoretical two-day hearing aimed at getting to the bottom of Benghazi. A seemingly much better strategy “that would lay that foundational evidence before the public and get to at least some of the truth about the apparent cover-up of the Clinton-Obama actions in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.”