Benghazi: The Attacks and the Lessons Learned, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, January 23, 2013   [open pdf - 324KB]

This is the January 23, 2013 hearing on "Benghazi: The Attacks and the Lessons Learned " held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Robert Menendez: "Madame Secretary, let me welcome you and thank you for honoring your commitment to come before the committee after the Administrative Review Board's findings. You said you would after the findings were completed, and you had a bit of an intervening challenge, but we are thrilled to see you here today doing well and taking time out of your schedule in these final days to discuss the tragic events that occurred in Benghazi on September the 11th and the lessons we need to learn from that event to ensure that all American personnel are fully protected and our embassies are fully secure wherever they are. In your tenure as Secretary of State and your appearances before this committee, you have always been upfront, forthright, and energetic in defending our Foreign Service officers and their needs, and I, for one, commend you for it. Unfortunately, the tragic events in Benghazi are a sad reminder of the inherit risks that come with diplomatic engagement in parts of the world that are struggling to build new governments from what has often been chaotic situations and underscore the very real courage of the unsung men and women who put their lives at risk to serve this Nation's interests abroad." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Hillary Rodham and Bob Corker.

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S. Hrg. 113-184; Senate Hearing 113-184
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