After being treated for dehydration, a fainting spell resulting in a concussion and then what was reported as a “blood clot near her brain,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will finally be testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on January 23 about the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, according to the office of Chairman Ed Royce.
Clinton had been slated to appear and testify on the Hill in December but was sequestered to recover at home by her physician. She returned to work last week.
According to State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland 4 officials were disciplined last month following a series of independent reviews of the Consulate attack which revealed “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in regards to the State Departments handling of the matter, which resulted in the death of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 military operatives. One of the 4 implicated officials has resigned his position and the others were placed on administrative leave.
Chairman Royce(R-CA) indicated that his reason for the hearing was “to focus on why this attack was not better anticipated, what leadership failures at the State Department existed and what management deficiencies need to be corrected in order to better secure our diplomatic facilities abroad and protect our diplomats serving in them.”
This will be the committee’s 3rd such hearing, with the two priors occurring on November 15th and December 20th and included members of the Government Accountability Office and former CIA personnel as well as appearances by Deputy Secretary William J. Burns and Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Thomas R. Nides.
Clinton likely will face tough questions about the State Department’s handling of security for diplomatic personnel.
“It is important to learn all we can about what happened in Benghazi because at the end of the day, it could happen again,” chariman Royce added. “After all, al-Qaeda plans attacks over and over again.”
(it’s worth noting here that news reports circulated in Europe of a much different reason for Clinton’s extended absence and they revolved around Iran and the death of a top U.S. Navy Seal commander. That very intriguing report can be read here.)