Hilary Clinton Testifies on Benghazi Terrorist Attacks (Photo : Reuters)
The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, will testify before a congressional committee on the terrorist attacks that occurred on the American embassy in Benghazi in September.
The State Department Spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, told Washington Times, "She has said that she is open to going up to the Hill...We are working with them now on their schedule, because there's also a question of when they are going to be in."
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So far, no date as to when the Secretary of State will testify has been announced.
Earlier this week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs released a special report on the attacks called "Flashing Red: A Special Report on the Terrorist Attack at Benghazi." In the report the committee says one of the attacks was made possible due to "extremely poor security in a threat environment that was 'flashing red," as reported by CNN News.
Clinton, who recently was released from the hospital for a blood clot found between her brain and spine, says she will testify despite her health conditions. The Obama administration, particularly President Obama, was greatly criticized for the attacks, which claimed the lives of three Americans, including American Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. However, Clinton soon defended the president and took the blame for the attack upon herself. Many analysts suggest that Clinton took the blame in order to divert criticism from Obama, who at the time was on the campaign trail for the Presidential Elections.
When the attacks occurred, the President along with Clinton dismissed the notion that the bombings were planned and instead attributed it to a mob-riot triggered by an anti-Islamist film on YouTube.
However, it was later divulged that the attacks were a planned terrorist attack on America. As the story unfolded, it was revealed that Stevens had voiced concerns regarding his safety. His name was discovered to be on the al-Qaida list. Stevens severed as the US ambassador to Libya since June 2012. He was 52.
The attacks have raised questions about America's involvement in the crisis stricken Libya. Libya has been under violent turmoil due to the civil war, which erupted in 2011 marked by the over-throwing of Dictator Muammar Gaddafi.