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Clinton: There were ‘no delays in decision-making’ in Benghazi

The secretary of state’s first time testifying on Capitol Hill about her role handling the aftermath of the attacks.

In one of her final actions in her position, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations committee Wednesday morning to testify about the murders of four Americans in terrorist attacks at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi five months ago.

In Clinton’s first time testifying on Capitol Hill about her role handling the aftermath of the attacks, she said she took full responsibility for what happened and shed some light on her own involvement in the State Department’s actions:

I directed our response from the State Department and stayed in close contact with officials from across our government and the Libyan government. So I saw firsthand what Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen called ‚??timely‚?Ě and ‚??exceptional‚?Ě coordination. No¬†delays in decision-making. No denials of support from Washington or from the military. And I want to echo the Review Board‚??s praise for the valor and courage of our people on the ground ‚?? especially the security professionals in Benghazi and Tripoli. The Board said our response saved American lives in real time ‚?? and it did.

The very next morning, I told the American people that ‚??heavily armed militants assaulted our compound‚?Ě and vowed to bring them to justice. And I stood with President Obama as he spoke of ‚??an act of terror.‚?Ě

Much of the controversy surrounding Benghazi has had to do with the timeline of events, and the inability of U.S. Defense and State officials to prevent a second attack, hours after the first, that was responsible for two of the four American deaths. Clinton appeared to rebut the claim that a delay in American response to the attacks could have been to blame for the successful second-wave attack.

Read the rest of the testimony here.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is