Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday took on Republican congressional critics of her department's handling of the deadly September terrorist attack in Libya.
Conservative GOP members challenged Clinton on the lack of security at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi as well as the erroneous account that the attack grew spontaneously from a protest over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States.
At two hearings, which together totaled more than five hours, Clinton acknowledged a "systemic breakdown" cited by an independent review of issues leading up to the armed assault and said her department was taking additional steps to increase security at U.S. diplomatic facilities.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Jill Doherty looks at the big moments from the hearing.
Hillary Clinton, in one of her final acts as Secretary of State, will testify about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012. Clinton will go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, after she was unable to testify on December 20th due to a concussion and blood clot in her brain. This morning Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joins “Starting Point” weighs in on the questions he hopes to get answers on in the attack in Benghazi.
Kinzinger, a major in the Air National Guard says he is curious about the seven hours that passed between the “two basic separate attacks” that occurred in Benghazi. He adds that he hopes the contradiction in what was determined to be the cause of the attacks will be clarified.
“It will be a very respectful hearing today,” Rep. Kinzinger says. “I respect the Secretary’s service to her country but I think the American people and we deserve a lot of answers to what’s been going on.” Kinzinger says more specifically Secretary Clinton should be asked, “Who knew what when?” "Where was she the night of September 11th?” “Was she being briefed on what was going on?”
“We need to ensure that accountability is held for what happened but also that this doesn’t happen again in the future,” Kinzinger says.
Republican members of Congress plan a host of questions for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her long-awaited testimony on Wednesday about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
Questions are expected to range from a security vacuum in Northern Africa to new cables suggesting that Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the September 11 assault, once proposed moving the compound to a more secure location adjacent the CIA Annex, sources tell CNN.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Jill Doherty previews two hearings where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on the Benghazi attack.
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