Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi report on Dec 20

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 09:30 hrs

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before the House of Representatives and Senate foreign affairs committees on a report on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya on December 20, the committees has said.

The September 11, 2012 attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens and called into question the security of U.S. diplomatic personnel abroad.

According to CNN, the review, requested by the Accountability Review Board, is headed by former U.S. ambassador Thomas Pickering and includes former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen.

Another issue that is bound to be focused on is how the administration spoke of the attack in the days after September 11th.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, whose name has been floated as a replacement for Clinton after she leaves her post as Secretary of State, said preliminary information suggested the attack was spawned from protests over an anti-Muslim film, the report said.

Rice's comments came under harsh scrutiny as further information suggested the attack was a premeditated assault.

Former CIA Director David Patraeus testified behind closed doors before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the attack in November.

Clinton will also testify before the Senate Foreign Relations committee though a date has not been announced yet, the report added. (ANI)

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