Republican spotlight shifts from Obama to Clinton
May 9th, 2013
04:28 PM ET
12 months ago

Republican spotlight shifts from Obama to Clinton

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's been in the bull's eye of Republicans and conservatives since 2008, but after Wednesday's hearing on last September's terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, many on the right are shifting their aim at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Soon after the hearing by the GOP-led House Oversight Committee looking into the events surrounding the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, a recently formed pro-Republican opposition research group blasted out an e-mail with the headline "Benghazi Hearing Raises Serious Questions About Clinton."

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Libya
May 9th, 2013
02:44 PM ET
12 months ago

John King: Benghazi investigation both legitimate and partisan

Washington (CNN) - It was late in the day with the House oversight hearing on Benghazi winding down. On social media and elsewhere, there was conservative grumbling that Hillary Clinton was getting off relatively unscathed.

Then came conservative Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina's second round of questions.

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Filed under: Libya
Boehner calls for White House to release Benghazi emails
May 9th, 2013
11:55 AM ET
12 months ago

Boehner calls for White House to release Benghazi emails

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner called on President Obama to release emails that he says show how the White House wanted to change the Benghazi attack "talking points."

Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, vowed Thursday to "leave no stone unturned" in looking into the matter and answering questions about the attack.
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Filed under: John Boehner • John Kerry • Libya • State Department
May 8th, 2013
07:44 PM ET
12 months ago

Congressman’s trip to Libya, call by top Clinton aide raised at Benghazi hearing

(CNN) - The most politically charged testimony of Wednesday’s House hearing on the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, energized Republican claims that there is more to the story.

An expectation ahead of the GOP-led hearing on the attack last September 11 centered on Republican efforts to more closely scrutinize actions of State Department officials serving under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Libya
May 8th, 2013
07:14 PM ET
12 months ago

Doomed Libya ambassador: 'We're under attack'

Washington (CNN) - Late on the night of last September 11, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens spoke to his deputy for the final time from the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

"Greg, we're under attack," Stevens told Gregory Hicks.

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Filed under: Congress • Libya
May 8th, 2013
05:20 PM ET
12 months ago

The latest on Benghazi hearing

Washington (CNN) - The long-awaited House committee hearing on the Benghazi terror attacks featuring State Department whistle-blowers has started with statements from Rep. Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the committee, and chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California. The whistle-blowers, Gregory Hicks, Mark Thompson and Eric Nordstrom, will brief the committee on what happened during the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack that killed four Americans. In the lead-up to the hearing, Republicans have said the State Department officials will tell the truth about what happened during the attack. Democrats say they have been frozen out of the investigation.
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Filed under: House • Libya • State Department
May 8th, 2013
10:16 AM ET
12 months ago

Fireworks expected in Benghazi whistle-blower hearing

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration's handling of the aftermath of the Benghazi terror attack has long sparked outrage from Republicans on Capitol Hill and fueled conspiracy theories on talk shows and across the blogosphere.

And those sparks are likely touch off fireworks Wednesday, when three current State Department employees are expected to contradict their leadership in testimony before Republican Rep. Darrell Issa's oversight committee.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • House • Libya
May 7th, 2013
06:47 PM ET
12 months ago

Mother of Benghazi victim: I blame Hillary Clinton

(CNN) - One woman still looking for answers about the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is Pat Smith. Her son Sean Smith, a State Department information officer, was one of four Americans killed during the attack.

"I blame her," said Smith, referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Filed under: Libya
Former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya: U.S. military assets were told to stand down
May 6th, 2013
01:18 PM ET
12 months ago

Former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya: U.S. military assets were told to stand down

(CNN) – In an interview with congressional investigators, the former top diplomat in Libya expressed concern that more could have been done by the military on the night of September 11, 2012 and morning of September 12, 2012, to protect those being attacked at the U.S. compound and annex in Benghazi, Libya. Specifically, he wondered why the military did not send a plane as a show of force into Libyan airspace, and why four U.S. Special Operations soldiers were not permitted to travel to Benghazi on a Libyan plane the morning of September 12.

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Filed under: Libya • State Department • The Lead
Benghazi whistle-blower Hicks: Internal review 'let people off the hook'
May 5th, 2013
12:51 PM ET
12 months ago

Benghazi whistle-blower Hicks: Internal review 'let people off the hook'

(CNN) – Greg Hicks, former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, told congressional investigators that the State Department internal review of the catastrophe at the mission in Benghazi "let people off the hook," CNN has learned.

The Accountability Review Board "report itself doesn’t really ascribe blame to any individual at all. The public report anyway," Hicks told investigators, according to transcript excerpts obtained by CNN. "It does let people off the hook."

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Filed under: Libya • State Department • The Lead
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