Congressional Republicans aren’t letting up on the Benghazi investigations, and they’re planning a series of committee hearings next week. The House Foreign Affairs Committee has invited Hillary Clinton to testify, Fox News reports:
The House Foreign Affairs Committee has scheduled an open hearing for next Thursday on the Libya terror attack and has invited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify, Fox News has learned.
The committee joins two others planning to hold hearings, albeit closed ones, that day.
Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi. A local Libyan extremist group is suspected of carrying out the attack, but the Obama administration has been criticized for its confusing explanation for the strike and for security warnings that apparently weren’t heeded.
We’ll see if Clinton takes them up on the invitation. If it comes down to it, committee chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen can always issue a subpoena. The State Department has been trying to shift a lot of the criticism to the CIA recently, but based on what we know so far, it still has the most inconsistencies and blunders to answer for.
Clinton testifying could be a problem for the White House. Even though she said the buck stopped with her on the Benghazi attack, it’s hard to picture her publicly taking the fall for everything if she has 2016 ambitions. And since she’s not sticking around for a second term, the White House may not be able to rein her in. It’s unlikely she would say something that really damages President Obama personally, but she could easily say something that complicates her most likely successor Susan Rice’s chances at the nomination.