GOP Senators: We’re Not Going to Confirm Kerry Until Clinton Testifies on Benghazi

Leah Barkoukis

12/27/2012 2:50:00 PM - Leah Barkoukis

Sec. Clinton may have gotten out of testifying last week because of the concussion she sustained after fainting, but that doesn’t mean she’s in the clear on Benghazi just yet. The Washington Examiner has the details:

Republican senators will refuse to confirm Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as Secretary of State until the nation’s current top diplomat, Hillary Clinton, testifies about her handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack.

“The Senate is expected to take up Kerry’s nomination in early January, but multiple Republican senators have already said they won’t agree to a vote on Kerry’s nomination until Clinton testifies about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi,” The Cable’s Josh Rogin notes.

Although Clinton vowed to adopt the 29 recommendations in the Accountability Review Board’s report, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said the document still leaves many unanswered questions, which the secretary “will need to personally address.”

For instance, Clinton was “the first cabinet-level official to acknowledge that terrorists played a role in the assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi,” as the article states, yet prior to that she was perfectly content to denounce the First Amendment by placing blame squarely on the anti-Islam YouTube video. The State Department even went so far as to spend $70,000 in taxpayer funds to buy ads on Pakistani television stations featuring Clinton and Obama denouncing the film.

Of course, there are a host of other questions lawmakers want to know regarding what happened leading up to and during the attack that left four Americans dead, which the report failed to cover. If Clinton was willing to take responsibility (even if it was 35 days after the attack), it’s time for her to come out of hiding and testify about her handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack.