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Hillary’s Benghazi Hearing: What You’ve Missed So Far

The first round of Hillary Clinton’s testimony in front of the House Benghazi Committee was exactly what you’d expect it to be: heated.

Republicans fired hard-hitting questions at the former Secretary of State about the 9/11/12 Benghazi attack, while Democrats dismissed the hearing as a partisan witch hunt.

Fox News reports:

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., noted that the late Ambassador Chris Stevens asked “numerous times” for extra security in Libya and questioned whether he was able to ask Clinton directly. “I do not believe that he had my personal email,” Clinton admitted, before adding that Stevens had a “direct line” to others. Clinton acknowledged some of his requests were approved, and others were not. She also testified that those requests were handled by security professionals in the department and not her. “I did not see them. I did not approve them. I did not deny them,” she said.

… Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the committee’s top Democrat, said the panel was only formed because Republicans “did not like the answers” from prior investigations. So, he said, they established the committee and “set them loose, madam secretary, because you’re running for president.” Cummings called it an “abusive effort to derail” her campaign.

At one point, Republicans questioned whether or not Hillary Clinton even knew the U.S. had a presence in Benghazi. According to The Hill: 

The closest they got to a new bombshell in the early hours of the hearing was an email from two lower-level State Department staffers alleging that Clinton was unaware that the U.S. government had any presence in Benghazi. “Of course I knew we had a presence in Benghazi,” Clinton retorted, adding that the State Department officials were not on her personal staff. “I can’t speak to what someone either heard of misheard.”

In case you missed it, Fox News posted a transcript of Hillary’s opening statement here. 

The question becomes, how will the American people react to Hillary’s testimony today?

According to a new Associated Press-Gfk poll, public opinion is mixed:

Four in 10 say they neither approve nor disapprove of how she has answered questions about the attack, while 20 percent approve and 37 percent disapprove. Americans also are divided on Clinton’s emails. More than half of those polled view her use of a private server as a minor problem or no problem at all, compared with 1 in 3 who think it is a major problem. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans call it a major problem.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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