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Bridget Johnson


November 15, 2012 - 8:27 am

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), whose invitation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify at this morning’s Benghazi hearing was turned down, said she has agreed to testify when the State Department’s report on the tragedy is issued.

“I would like to note that Secretary Clinton has committed to testifying before our committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Accountability Review Board’s report, which is expected to be concluded by early to mid December,” Ros-Lehtinen said in her opening statement.

The ARB is being led by Thomas Pickering, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the board includes former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen.

Clinton is traveling in Australia this week and the State Department cited that as her reason for not testifying.

Ros-Lehtinen slammed “the sad parade of conflicting accounts of the attack that we have received from administration officials in the weeks and months since.”

“…Revelations make clear that the security situation was deteriorating and that the administration was aware that the security was grossly inadequate.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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