Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee regarding the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday, December 20th, the committee revealed on Wednesday.
The attack on the consulate on September 11, 2012 resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Republicans have been highly critical of the Obama administration's handling of the attack, particularly U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who is seen as a potential successor to Clinton at the State Department.
Members of the GOP have attacked Rice for telling the Sunday talk shows that the Benghazi incident was the result of a spontaneous demonstration related to an anti-Islamic video rather than a terrorist attack.
President Barack Obama has defended Rice, claiming that she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her and urging Republicans to focus their attacks on him instead.
Results of an independent review of the State Department's handling of the incident are expected to be released before Clinton testifies.
Clinton, who has indicated that she intends to resign in the near future, is also expected to be called to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is chaired by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who is also seen as possible successor to Clinton if Republicans oppose Rice's potential nomination.
by RTT Staff Writer
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