WASHINGTON, DC – There were fireworks Thursday on Capitol Hill as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared before the Benghazi Committee.
One of the members, Representative Mike Pompeo from Kansas, has been highly critical of Clinton’s role before, during and after the attack.
Their exchange at times was heated, with the congressman asking why no one had been fired, and how many security requests had been filed and if she knew if embassy personnel were meeting with al-Qaeda.
Pompeo asked, “Were you aware that our folks were either wittingly or unwittingly meeting on the ground with al-Qaeda in Benghazi, Libya just hours before the attack?”
In response, Clinton said, “I know nothing about this, Congressman.”
POMPEO: “I think that’s deeply disturbing. I think the fact that your team was meeting with…”
CLINTON (interrupting): “I’m sorry, which team was this?”
POMPEO: “We don’t know exactly who… It would’ve been one of your State Department employees, Madame Secretary, perhaps you could enlighten us which one.”
CLINTON: “Since we didn’t have an ongoing, significant presence of State Department personnel in Benghazi, I don’t know to whom you are referring.”
Pompeo then yielded the rest of his time after that exchange with Clinton.
The committee has been criticized for being nothing more than a political move by Republicans to discredit Clinton as she runs for president.
While the GOP members dispute that, the top Democrat on the committee said today it was quote “squandering millions of taxpayer dollars” in its probe.
Congressman Elijah Cummings said, “It’s time, it is time now for the Republicans to end this tax-payer-funded fishing expedition. We need to come together and shift from politics to policy that’s what the American people want, shifting from politics to policy.”
The hearing lasted for hours as Democrats and Republicans praised or criticized the former secretary of state.
VIDEO EXTRA | Rep. Mike Pompeo questions Clinton.