Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that on Wednesday, January 23 at 2 p.m. he will convene a hearing entitled, “Terrorist Attack in Benghazi: The Secretary of State’s View.”  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the sole witness at the hearing, at which she will answer questions about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.  In the attack, terrorists killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty.

Chairman Royce said:  “I appreciate Secretary Clinton’s desire and willingness to testify before the Committee as we continue to examine this deadly terrorist attack in an effort to ensure that nothing like it happens again.  My intention is for this hearing to focus on why this attack was not better anticipated, what leadership failures at the State Department existed, and what management deficiencies need to be corrected in order to better secure our diplomatic facilities abroad and protect our diplomats serving in them.  It is important to learn all we can about what happened in Benghazi because at the end of the day, it could happen again.  After all, al-Qaeda and associated groups plan to attack over and over again, as we saw most recently in Algeria.” 

Previously, the Committee has convened two hearings to examine the Benghazi attack.  Most recently, on December 20, Deputy Secretary William J. Burns and Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Thomas R. Nides both testified before the Committee.  On November 15, the Committee heard testimony from security experts including the Government Accountability Office and former CIA personnel.

What:  Hearing:  Terrorist Attack in Benghazi: The Secretary of State’s View

Witness:  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

When:  2 p.m., Wednesday, January 23

Where:  2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Webcast:  Watch live at foreignaffairs.house.gov

See foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates. 


***Important planning note for press covering hearing

The hearing will be webcast at foreignaffairs.house.gov

The hearing room (2172 Rayburn) has limited seating, and likely will not be able to accommodate all members of the media wishing to cover the hearing from the press viewing area. 

Only Congressionally credentialed members of the media will be allowed access to the press viewing area in the committee hearing room and must RSVP by Tuesday, January 22 at 3 p.m. to their respective Press Gallery.

All television crews must RSVP to the House Radio TV Gallery at 202-225-5214.
Gallery contact information:

House Radio/TV Gallery:  202-225-5214
House Periodical Gallery:  202-225-2941
House Daily Press Gallery:  202-225-3945  
Photographer Gallery:  202-224-6548