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
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    lovespandas

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

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    Huh? What is it you were trying to type? Why don't you take a deep breath, wipe the spittle off your keyboard and try again?

    January 23, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    LWJR

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

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    What do you call it when the rethug speaker of the house does it – the DRUNK card?

    January 23, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. The Film Professor

    Someone is asking these piranhas to "act nice"? LOL. Let's just watch the hypocrisy roll off of their tongues, like nothing bad ever happened when a Republican was President. Like say....9/11? Hello? And a subsequent 8 years of chasing Bin Laden but never succeeding? I only hope HIllary can find the right words to put these clowns back in the clown pit.

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

    Wake Up People is not too far off the mark. There definitely have been posts that have been racist in nature. Mrs. Obama has taken the brunt of it. However, what is really annoying is the way CNN treats those postings. Their remarks are posted while posters need to have their posts modified or approves.approval. The idea is to have remarks that cause a reaction even if they are not true, Printing racist remarks does not seem to bother CNN.

    Women do not fair much better. Secretary of State Clinton has appeared before these committees may times over the last four years. She is a woman who tells it like it is and is not too proud to admit mistakes. Unfortunately, those Senators that she is facing will never admit to a mistake. They also do not admit that the Secretary of State knows far more than they do about foreign relations. They visit these countries and require an inordinate amount of security. They never really see it as the troops see it. They spend time with the leaders of the country and come away believing that they know everything about activities within the country and then "report" back to the people. If you believe what they say then you are very naive. As I listened this morning I was appalled by some of the remarks being made. and the questions. I do not believe that the people in their states or districts see them in action or they never would be elected to Congress.
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    January 23, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Wilson

    @Wake up People!

    @Wilson. Get it right! ANGRY BLACK WOMAN!!!
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    Whichever. When you sound like that it makes your postings irrelevant, and any point you try to make gets lost/ignored.

    January 23, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. rs

    Malory Archer

    LWJR

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

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

    What do you call it when the rethug speaker of the house does it – the DRUNK card?
    _______________________________________ :-)

    January 23, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. srgntyork

    So Ran Paul says if he were president he would have fired her. Hey Ran that aint never ever going to happen and with your party headfing far to the right and America's demographics changing as they are your party wont even be around let alone your own political apsirations.

    January 23, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Larry L

    I'm an old white Soldier raised by Texas rednecks and quite accustomed to hearing racists whine about the "race card". However, when the liquor is flowing the the crowd is all white the "N-word" tends to replace all respectful terms and their Fox News sound-bites replace any logical analysis of our social or political situation. They typically start each blatantly racist comment with "I'm not a racist but...". A life of travel with the Army taught me respect for my fellow Soldiers and people from cultures different than ours. We measured our comrades by their character and performance – not by pigmentation in their skin. I'm deeply grateful for that experience if for no other reason to feel like my life wasn't wasted as an ignorant racist from white-trash roots. Those of you who say the lack of respect for this administration has nothing to do with race need to look back at the way other Presidents were treated. Is this different? "You're not a racist but...."

    January 23, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
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    Accountability, policy and integrity: something that was noticeably absent when Colin Powell was sent in, with questionable intelligence to back up the administration's claims of WMDs. There was no policy, integrity or accountability under the previous administration. None. This is nothing more than a feel-good session for the Right Wing.

    January 23, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -Wilson

    @Wake up People!

    @Wilson. Get it right! ANGRY BLACK WOMAN!!!
    ---------
    Whichever. When you sound like that it makes your postings irrelevant, and any point you try to make gets lost/ignored.
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    We've watched you tapdance around your racism for quite some time now. You seem incapble of expressing an opinion without getting that little, subtle jab. I would love to have a recording of you when you're liquored up.

    January 23, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Andy

    This sort of request might work with grade school kids but we're talking about Republican congress members. Come on, let's get real here!

    January 23, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. freedom

    @ CBP
    "Hilary is not too proud to admit mistakes" What? Is that why she's always speaking in a condescending tone when someone calls her out – and why she lied outright over flag-draped caskets (we all saw it live) and now tries to shed tears today over those brave murdered servicemen and ambassador? She is revealing her guilt with every word, every gesture, and every lie. She is SO proud that she won't even honor the memories of the victims and care enough about this country and its national security to speak the truth!

    January 23, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. DaveC

    So Rand Paul says he would fire Mrs. Clinton if he were president. Good luck on that since you are probably going to be a one term senator. Take a look around Rand and count how many tea party congresspersons and senators were elected and re-elected to the senate and congress in 2012. Go ahead, just count. I bet the numbers will dwindle even further come 2014. That is when they will kick out the rest of the useless bunch.

    January 23, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Carol M.

    When a Clinton starts crying you know they are lying.

    January 23, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Wilson

    @The Real Tom Paine

    -Wilson

    @Wake up People!

    @Wilson. Get it right! ANGRY BLACK WOMAN!!!
    ---
    Whichever. When you sound like that it makes your postings irrelevant, and any point you try to make gets lost/ignored.
    *****************************
    We've watched you tapdance around your racism for quite some time now. You seem incapble of expressing an opinion without getting that little, subtle jab. I would love to have a recording of you when you're liquored up.
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    There you go. Just because I have a differing opinion I'm racist. Makes your postings irrelevant and pointless.

    January 23, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Smacky Smooth

    If Rand Paul was President he would fire everyone and put Daddy in charge. May we all learn that you only the best security you PAY for. These politicians give themselves raises and cut essential security funds for our ambassadors in dangerous areas. I think they should answer some questions too.

    January 23, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Suzanne

    They have to be instructed to be "respectful" of and to the Secretary of State of the United States? That just about sums it up.......the Republican mantra these days seems to be one of negativity, disrespect, oblivion to the wishes of the American people, and total irresponsibility.

    January 23, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. sf

    the GOP to be respectful? they couldn't give the first BLACK president any respect for four years, what makes you think they'll give the Secretary of State who just happens to be a woman any respect? good luck with that one.

    January 23, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Islam is the cesspool of barbarism!

    Republicans urged to be 'respectful' of Clinton in hearing... Well, there is one problem – Republicans don't understand the word, 'respectful.'

    January 23, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Whichever. When you sound like that it makes your postings irrelevant, and any point you try to make gets lost/ignored."

    Points ignored only by you, Wilson. Ignored only by you. Or maybe not ignored by you at all. One could argue that in commenting as you did, you took defensive umbrage over what was said but was not specifically directed at you personally.

    January 23, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. freedom

    @Suzanne
    Get used to the Repbulican "mantra" – it's called fighting back on the lies, bullying, and abuse from Obama and his cronies on the campaign trail and in this administration. The left rakes you through the coals and then stomps on you – that's their mantra. Well, enough is enough – this is just the beginning.

    January 23, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Sue

    "RESPECT" is not in the dictionary of a single republican! They obviously just don't get it! The fact that they have to be told to be respectful, speaks for itself!

    January 23, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Jakey

    Much as I don't love the Republican party, I have alot less love for Hillary Clinton. If they run her in 2016, I will vote for whatever candidate the Republicans come up with regardless. NO MORE CLINTONS, NO MORE BUSHES!!

    January 23, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hey, Dominican Mama

    Giving full disclosure where full disclosure is due, I ... um ... well ... (OK fine, let me just spit it out) I DID vote for GW the first go.

    Having said that, it didn't take me long to realize my mistake. I also should state that I enjoyed your GW post. Never were more truthful words written.

    January 23, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. anthony76

    freedom
    @Suzanne
    Get used to the Repbulican "mantra" – it's called fighting back on the lies, bullying, and abuse from Obama and his cronies on the campaign trail and in this administration. The left rakes you through the coals and then stomps on you – that's their mantra. Well, enough is enough – this is just the beginning.

    -someone obviously missed the entire Republican election season of 2012. Please do not reflect Republican tactics onto the Dems. I know its in the Rove playbook, but it doesn't work on intelligent free thinkers.

    January 23, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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