Republicans urged to be 'respectful' of Clinton in hearing
January 23rd, 2013
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Republicans urged to be 'respectful' of Clinton in hearing

(CNN) - House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-California, met with Republicans on the committee and urged them to be respectful of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a GOP member of the Committee tells CNN.

Clinton will testify Wednesday before the committee on the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya in September that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. ambassador. She testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier in the day, where she gave her own statement and took questions in the two-and-a-half-hour hearing.

While most lawmakers on both sides of the aisle genuinely do respect Clinton and don't have to be told, there was concern some new House members may try to be combative in order to make an early name for themselves.

Clinton was originally scheduled to testify last month but postponed her appearance as she was treated for illness, a concussion and a blood clot near her brain. The country's top diplomat returned to work just over two weeks ago.

In her Senate testimony earlier Wednesday, most senators praised Clinton for her service over the last four years before they asked their questions. Only a few Republicans delivered somewhat blistering comments to the secretary of state. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said if he had been president, he would have fired her for not reading certain cables about security in Libya.

Clinton mostly maintained a straight-forward tone, though she grew emotional at times when talking about the victims' families. And at one point, Clinton shouted in response to repeated questions from Republican Sen. Ron Johnson about the talking points released after the attack.


VIDEO: Clinton to face broader questions at Benghazi hearing

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Clinton is "going to get some very hard questions" on the State Department's role in handling security for diplomatic security in Libya before the attack, as well as what Clinton was doing the night of the violence.

"We had an ambassador missing for something like seven hours with no assets brought in" for a response, he said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

Asked if her positive reputation in Washington may hinder some lawmakers from grilling the secretary, Chaffetz agreed that she's "held in high esteem" but said she'll still face tough questions.

"Yeah we have a great deal of respect of her, but these are the questions," he said. "My concern is moving forward that we didn't actually solve these problems and that's the deep concern and question for the secretary."

An independent report from the Accountability Review Board ordered by the State Department said it did not find "that any individual U.S. Government employee engaged in misconduct or willfully ignored his or her responsibilities" leading up to the attack. However, one State Department official resigned and three others were placed on administrative leave after the report was released in December.

Two months earlier, as President Barack Obama faced scrutiny over the Libya attack, Clinton said the buck stops at her desk, not his.

"I take responsibility. I'm in charge of the State Department," Clinton told CNN's Elise Labott in October. It was a statement Clinton repeated several times in her Senate testimony.


Filed under: Congress • Hillary Clinton • Libya • State Department
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  1. Wake up People!

    So my post gets deleted while you allow others to post the nastiest things about President and Mrs. Obama?? You allowed a poster to call the FLOTUS King Kongs sister, but I can't state the obvious that the GOP has a problem with skin color??? And people have the mitigated gall to call the media liberal......

    Psst. Here's another one for deletion.....

    January 23, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. LELA

    They have no RESPECT and do not know what RESPECT means.

    January 23, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Maryellen

    Yogi you got that right, what a bunch of hypocrites, I hope every last one of them is voted out in 2014. Where was the outrage during the Bush administration?

    January 23, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Michael

    Benghazi was Hillary Clinton's phone call at three o'clock in the morning. She blew it.

    January 23, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Bob

    Hillary Clinton should be extended the same respect the democrats give to republicans when called into senate hearings....NONE.

    January 23, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. rs

    Michael-
    Are you arguing we need to elect ANOTHER Republican knuckle-dragger than someone who is bright and actually thinks so that we get "respect"? Crazy!

    January 23, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. freedom

    @ Wake up
    Hilary Clinton is white. This has nothing to do with race. That race card and blaming Bush for everything is worn out. It's about accountability, policy and integrity.

    January 23, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Respect is a two-way street...

    Respect is something that must be earned and the DEMS as of now just don't get it....

    January 23, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    tonyc

    If you think for one second if Codoleza Rice was in this position the media and the senate would be ripping her apart!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Then why isn't she in prison right now? I vividly recall her saying before a 9/11 investigative committee, "nobody could have imagined they would use airplanes as weapons" when just a few weeks prior to 9/11 the dauphin prince's handlers INSISTED all air traffic within a 100 mile radius be grounded and the dauphin prince sequestered on a boat in the harbor in Genoa because they were TERRIFIED that HE would be the target of an attack originating from a hijacked ircraft.

    January 23, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    freedom

    @ Wake up
    Hilary Clinton is white. This has nothing to do with race. That race card and blaming Bush for everything is worn out. It's about accountability, policy and integrity.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    However, her husband was America's first African American President, and she had the unmitigated gall to accept a cabinet position from a black guy. I only blame the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for things that are his fault. That much of that mess spilled over into President Obama's cup doesn't relieve the previous occupant of the onus.

    January 23, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Joe Bob

    Jason Chafetz questioning Hillary Clinton is like an impudent 17 year old boy questioning his elders. Chafetz is a chicken hawk who has never been in the line of fire, nor would have a clue as to what do if he had to actually act as opposed to Monday morning quarterback something like he is wont to do.

    January 23, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That race card and blaming Bush for everything is worn out.
    -------------------------------------------------
    No. Don't think so.
    The only thing that is worn out is people like you referring to such hideous behaviour in game terminology as if it were something done as a pastime.
    Bush put the finishing screws to this country so deeply that he will remain in hiding for years and years to come, and generations not yet born will speak of him with scorn and laugh at our stupidity for ever electing such an idiot savant into the presidency of our country.
    Believe THAT.

    January 23, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    @freedumb. This has everything to do with race. They couldn't make President Obama a one term POTUS, they couldn't turn Sec. Clinton against him, so now they want to ensure that she NEVER becomes POTUS and the bonus is, they are looking for anything to try and have him impeached.

    Psst. Allow me to let you in on a little secret. There is no such thing as a race card, that is merely a term thought up by the very same people you support. They throw that term out as much as possible hoping it will stop people from speaking up for themselves. I have to hand it to them, it has worked pretty well, there are many that are afraid to say anything about race for fear of exactly what you just said. Thank you for helping me prove my point though it was in vain, because I will NEVER stop speaking up for my people.

    January 23, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    Bob

    Hillary Clinton should be extended the same respect the democrats give to republicans when called into senate hearings....NONE.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Got any proof to back up your claim? Can you provide an example of a time that the Dems called a rethug to testify before Senate? No? Didn't think so, so let me refresh your memory: When the Dems attempted to call the rethugs onto the carpet for the main fiasco that occured on their watch, deadeye dick said he was too busy.

    January 23, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Larry L

    @Bob

    Hillary Clinton should be extended the same respect the democrats give to republicans when called into senate hearings....NONE.
    ================================================================================================= Give specifics! I thought the only role played by Republicans in the Senate was obstructive filibusters. Mitch McConnell's filibuster of his own proposal is a perfect example.

    January 23, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It's about accountability, policy and integrity.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Which our President has in ABUNDANCE.
    Bush wouldn't know how to spell those words much less exemplify their definition.
    TWO. TWO. TWO wars off the books= Bush accountability.
    Non-existent weapons of mass destruction= Bush integrity.
    Unfunded Medicare programs= Bush policy.
    Please.....

    January 23, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Bush put the finishing screws to this country so deeply that he will remain in hiding for years and years to come, and generations not yet born will speak of him with scorn and laugh at our stupidity for ever electing such an idiot savant into the presidency of our country.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Don't blame me – I didn't vote for him either time!

    January 23, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Republicans do have respect. It is for the glorified image of the non-con savior Ronald Reagan"

    Gloried image or not, were Ronald Reagan alive today (and still functioning mentally), this new Republican Party would be running from him full speed ahead.

    Reagan's Grand Old Party is running on empty. Empty dreams. Empty ideology. Empty promises. Empty leadership. Even the mighty Ronnie himself wouldn't be able to put this party back together again.

    The lights went out on Ronald Reagan's shinning city on the hill years ago. All that is left of the GOP is complete self inflicted miserable doom and gloom darkness.

    January 23, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. lovespandas

    dominicanmamma – you don't know what you're talking about! Not not nor on anything you have ever posted!

    January 23, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. freedom

    @ Wake up @Malory
    This Benghazi travesty has nothing to do with race. If you find race issues elsewhere give proof. Just because someone didn't vote for Obama doesn't make them a racist. In addition, a Republican president, namely George W. Bush was the first president to appoint an African American woman as Secretary of State and her name is Condoleeza Rice. He Also appointed Colin Powell. Proof that race is not the issue.

    January 23, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Larry L

    @Respect is a two-way street...

    Respect is something that must be earned and the DEMS as of now just don't get it....
    ================================================================================================ It was a Republican who shouted "Liar" in the State of the Union address. It was Republicans who fostered and perpetuated the "birther" lies. Tea Party Republicans openly showed racist signs and slogans at rallies. Republicans booed the First Lady at two NASCAR events when she was promoting a charity for Wounded Warriors. It was a Republican who in a private meeting of fat-cats said 47% of Americans were parasites on our government. Don't give me the "respect" crap – Republicans take pride in nasty and dishonest "swift-boat" behavior.

    January 23, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Wilson

    @Wake up People!

    @freedumb. This has everything to do with race. They couldn't make President Obama a one term POTUS, they couldn't turn Sec. Clinton against him, so now they want to ensure that she NEVER becomes POTUS and the bonus is, they are looking for anything to try and have him impeached.

    Psst. Allow me to let you in on a little secret. There is no such thing as a race card, that is merely a term thought up by the very same people you support. They throw that term out as much as possible hoping it will stop people from speaking up for themselves. I have to hand it to them, it has worked pretty well, there are many that are afraid to say anything about race for fear of exactly what you just said. Thank you for helping me prove my point though it was in vain, because I will NEVER stop speaking up for my people.
    -------------------------------–
    Now you are just sounding like the stereotypical "angry black man."

    January 23, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Wake up People!

    @Wilson. Get it right! ANGRY BLACK WOMAN!!!

    January 23, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Why would anyone want to be in the gop bafoons party a national disgrace and a world class joke in front of the whole world !!!!!!

    January 23, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. LWJR

    Hillary crying in congress...playing the FEMALE card.

    January 23, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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