Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before the Committee on Wednesday, January 23 to 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 plans attacks over and over again.” 

What:                   House Foreign Affairs Committee to hear testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Benghazi attack

Where:                 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

When:                  Wednesday, January 23 (time to be announced)

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.

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