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Bridget Johnson


December 7, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify about the Benghazi attacks in an open hearing, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said tonight.

“I have just received confirmation from Secretary Clinton’s office that the Secretary of State will appear before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to discuss, in an open hearing, the findings and recommendations in the report from the accountability review board (ARB) concerning the terrorist attack against our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said in a statement.

The release of the ARB report is expected next week and Clinton will be testifying soon after — only before Ros-Lehtinen’s committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“As we anticipate the release of the ARB report, I look forward to discussing with the Secretary what corrective measures has the Department undertaken to address problems identified in the months following the Benghazi attack, including security of our posts, threat assessments, host government responsibilities, and coordination with other U.S. security agencies,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

The Foreign Affairs panel has held several hearings and classified briefings with private sector experts, the Government Accountability Office, and officials from the State and Defense departments as well as from the intelligence sector.

The committee is in the process of reviewing “volumes” of State Department documents concerning the Sept. 11 attack.

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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