In her opening remarks, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told the Benghazi Committee, “I am here to honor those we lost.” Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Clinton: “I am here to honor those we lost”
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STORY: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has told a panel investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that she has come before the Committee to “honor those we lost.”
“I am here to honor those we lost and to do what I can to aid those who serve us still,” she said.
“My challenge to you, members of this Committee is that same challenge I put to myself, let’s be worthy of the trust the American people have bestowed upon us.”
Ahead of her testimony Chairman Trey Gowdy offered assurances that there is nothing personal about the investigation.
“Madame Secretary, I understand some people – frankly in both parties – have suggested this investigation is about you,” he said. “Let me assure you it is not. And let me assure you why it is not. This investigation is four people who were killed representing our country on foreign soil.”
Clinton and many of her fellow Democrats have seized on the comments in recent weeks by Republican lawmakers as evidence that the goal of the Benghazi committee in the U.S. House of Representatives was to hurt her front-runner status in the campaign for the November 2016 election.
Clinton’s appearance follows months of unflattering reports about her use of a private home email server for her State Department work. The reports emerged in part because of the Benghazi committee’s demand last year to see Clinton’s official records.
The committee’s five Democrats, who may discuss abandoning the inquiry after Clinton’s appearance, say they think there is little left to unearth on Benghazi that more than half a dozen previous inquiries did not find.