January 23rd, 2013
08:46 PM ET

Clinton, Johnson in testy exchange over Benghazi: "I was surprised by the secretary's reaction"

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified in front of both chambers of Congress Wednesday - facing questions  over the September 11th terror attack in Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had a heated exchange with Clinton during the hearing and is OutFront exclusively with Erin Burnettt.

Clinton takes on Benghazi critics, warns of more security threats

At times angry and choked with emotion, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday took on Republican critics of her department's handling of the September terrorist attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, but repeatedly distanced herself from a direct role in specific situations.

"As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility," Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the first of two long-anticipated congressional hearings Wednesday on the attack that became a major issue in the November presidential election.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. dan herring

    if the clintons run they will win, she is loved by billions of people and we sure dont want canten are paul in washington we sure will miss alot of never mind

    February 25, 2014 at 7:05 am | Reply
    • Ron Attra

      'We sure don't Canten ARE paul in washington.' You need to be back in K – 6.

      July 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  2. dan herring

    ARE you kidding me? ron paul what world do you live in? its not in the usa, i tried that with so many companys most of them they want let you know where near the owners and the small companys that you can will tell you in a min if you dont like your pay find another job, ill tell you what would work in this country, if we stop sending all these billions of dollars to these countrys who hates us and give each family one million and then all the taxs they will get from them spending it buying usa things will give amercains more work, but the only way you get it if you only buy usa made things, then they will give more jobs then it would pay off the tillions we owe, because when you spend money on your own folks you get a big return from all the funds coming into this country,if you dont have money today, you want have money, because the rich dont want you to have money they say they do but did you listen to this paul dude wow, he dont know have not one idea what life is for us 99% so back off the poor dude

    February 25, 2014 at 7:03 am | Reply
  3. Alexis

    so what if "under God" offends people? suck it up, you all already got your Gay rights in motion isn't that enough? Stop being so greedy and emotional. I thought God had nothing to do with politics? so leave it alone. Would you like us to complain that removing the "under God" offends us? It is a reminder about who our founding fathers believed in. Don't like it? then get out. Since when did politicians and the president start caring SO much what the people thought of him and what they looked like. we have some damn sorry people in this government, they all need to stop acting like Disney channel stars and focus on real problems. Then we all wonder why our country is so hated and messed up.

    September 2, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  4. Robert

    This Johnson is a light weight and a political hack. He knows that the IC has the information he needs and Clinton will not discuss this in an open meeting for obvious security reasons. Johnson does not want to protect sources and methods and I question his sincerity and/or common sense. Rand Paul is an obvious fool by his comments and I will not waste any more valuable time on his comments. Just remember that every foreign service officer serving overseas takes risks in doing his job and has to due risk analysis for his own personal protection. What else is new??

    January 24, 2013 at 1:46 am | Reply
  5. thetruckinglife

    looked like Hillary was reading from a script?

    January 24, 2013 at 12:59 am | Reply

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