GOP Senators: No Confirmation Of Kerry Till Clinton Testifies On Benghazi

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is set to take over duties as Secretary of State next month following current Secretary Hillary Clinton's departure from her post. However, it has been made quite clear that Republican Senators will not confirm Kerry's appointment until Clinton testifies on the issue of Benghazi.

Josh Rogin writes at Foreign Policy's The Cable, “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. Illness and a concussion has prevented Clinton from appearing thus far."

Joel Gehrke reminds us that Clinton was the first in the administration to refer to the Benghazi attacks as terrorism:

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Clinton backed out of testifying at a congressional hearing last week after fainting and suffering a concussion. She was the first cabinet-level official to acknowledge that terrorists played a role in the assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

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“For some time, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and other groups have launched attacks and kidnappings from northern Mali into neighboring countries,” Clinton said during a United Nations meeting in New York on September 26. “Now, with a larger safe haven and increased freedom to maneuver, terrorists are seeking to extend their reach and their networks in multiple directions. And they are working with other violent extremists to undermine the democratic transitions underway in North Africa, as we tragically saw in Benghazi,” (emphasis added).

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said that he believe Clinton should and would testify in January before Congress on the Benghazi matter. He does not believe that she was faking a sickness to avoid testifying.

Mrs. Clinton has not been seen in public since December 15, the day after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting.

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