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Hillary Clinton was grilled for ELEVEN hours by the witch-hunting Benghazi-craycray Committee. Eleven hours of vindictive partisan nonsense.
. . . even by their hyper-partisan standards, House Republicans reached a new level of partisanship on October 22. For 11 grueling hours, a House committee grilled Hillary Clinton about the 2012 terrorist attack on the State Department’s facility in Benghazi, Libya.
Although the committee droned on from dawn to dusk, the hearing did not produce a single substantive new fact about Benghazi.
. . . Following Gowdy’s lead, the other Republicans asked their questions in the form of accusations that Clinton heartlessly caused the American deaths in Benghazi. No objective observer could interpret the committee’s questions as having any purpose other than to score crude political points.
Crucially, Clinton refused to take the committee’s bait. She learned from her past mistakes. In the 2013 Senate hearing, she was combative and defensive. On Thursday, she was patient, measured and relaxed. She avoided giving her opponents sound bites they could use against her in the 2016 presidential election.
The Whole Thing Here from Roll Call:
Chairman Trey Gowdy comes out swinging at Hillary
"Moment of Levity" ~ Rep. Martha Roby R-Alabama asks if Hillary was "alone all night" when Benghazi attack occurred
Rep. Roby: "Were you at home alone?" Clinton: "Yes." Roby: "All night?" Clinton: "Yes." [laughs] Roby: "I don't think it's funny"— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) October 22, 2015
Does Roby think this is A Few Good Men?— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) October 22, 2015
Rep. Roby's constituents will love her Benghazi questions for Clinton. I mean, other than the 41,000 whose food stamps she voted to cut.— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) October 22, 2015
Martha Roby asking those pertinent questions all Americans are thinking about...Did you have Decaf or regular coffee on that day? #BENGHAZI— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) October 22, 2015
Rep. Peter Roskam R-Illinois skewers Hillary
Roskam twice stops mid-Q to tell @HillaryClinton, "I can pause while you're reading your notes." Clinton: I can do "two things at once."— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) October 22, 2015
Roskam badgering HRC and interrupting her at every turn. Another misogynistic and rude pig.— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) October 22, 2015
Damn, Roskam's hands are shaking like he's out of Scotch #BenghaziCommittee— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) October 22, 2015
Roskam is doing a terrific job getting Hillary to admit she was Secretary of State— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) October 22, 2015
Gowdy and Rep. Elijah Cummings R-MD Bicker
Gowdy: "You need to make sure the entire record is correct" Cummings: "Let's release the transcript" Gowdy: "No way" https://t.co/RVNUmFcqsq— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) October 22, 2015
Rep. Cummings shouting down Gowdy, demanding full committee transcripts be made public. HRC is all, mmmhmm gurl. pic.twitter.com/ekNhAeLZws— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) October 22, 2015
Elijah Cummings comes out swinging. Refutes Gowdy's complaints about how hard his job is by mentioning all the other Benghazi committees.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 22, 2015
Rep. Jim Jordan R-Ohio wouldn't let her answer
so who's the favorite to go full derp today? Jim Jordan? I'm thinking Jim Jordan— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) October 22, 2015
Rep Jim Jordan: disrespectful screamer.— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) October 22, 2015
Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) : "LET ME TELL YOU MY THEORY ABOUT YOUR EVIL HAVE YOU NOT AGREED WITH MY THEORY YET LET ME YELL IT LOUDER HOW ABOUT NOW"— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) October 22, 2015
#benghazicommittee Jim Jordan Is A McCarthy Wannabe— Steven Wroblewski (@WrobStv) October 22, 2015
Mike Pompeo R-Kansas asks stupid questions
This idiot Pompeo thinks "tankers" from Kansas should have been scrambled to Benghazi. Complete idiot. #BenghaziSham— Steve D (@Steverocks35) October 23, 2015
Pompeo: Did Ambassador Stevens ever stop by your house and if he didn't is that why you had him killed? #BenghaziCommittee— Culture of Truth (@Bobblespeak) October 22, 2015
somewhere in mike pompeo's district is an old codger in a jayhawks tank fondling a remington pump gun top yelling "GIT ER" into his radio— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) October 22, 2015
Lake Benghazi has been overfished. #Benghazi— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) October 22, 2015
Rep. Adam Smith D-CA:
The purpose of this committee is to prosecute you!
This #Benghazi scandal is sensational stuff! Obama is gonna be toast when Romney uses it against him in the next debate.— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) October 22, 2015
Lindsey Graham on Fox just now reminds us why Rs are still so upset over Benghazi: they think it should have cost Obama the 2012 election— Jeremy W. Peters (@jwpetersNYT) October 23, 2015