At odds with Republicans, Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question from the audience at a campaign town hall meeting in KeeneBy Jonathan Allen and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Whether it’s a fact-finding mission as Republicans insist or the political witch hunt that Democrats anticipate, the congressional committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday will hear from Hillary Clinton, then the secretary of state and now the top candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton and many of her fellow Democrats have seized on the comments in recent weeks by Republican lawmakers as evidence that the goal of the Benghazi committee in the U.S. House of Representatives was to hurt her front-runner status in the campaign for the November 2016 election. Clinton’s appearance follows months of unflattering reports about her use of a private home email server for her State Department work.

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