The 8 memorable moments from Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony (VIDEO)

January 23, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's long-awaited testimony about the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, began Wednesday morning in an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and continued in the afternoon with the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The two-and-a-half-hour morning session and three-hour afternoon hearing were not short on drama. Below we take a look at the most memorable moments from the proceedings.

1. An emotional Clinton's voice cracked as she spoke about the safety of American diplomats. 

2. Clinton had a heated exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) over his assertion that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice had "intentionally misled" people over the circumstances surrounding the attack.

3. Kentucky Republican Senator — and likely 2016 presidential candidate — Rand Paul said he would have relieved Clinton of her post had he been president.

4. Arizona Sen. John McCain laid out the Republican argument — in blunt terms —  against the Obama administration's approach in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks.

5. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) asked Clinton why she didn't appear on the Sunday news shows following the attack. "Going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do," Clinton replied

6. In an exchange that grew heated, Clinton told Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) that she did not watch the attack in real time. 

7) Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) said he hoped Clinton would one day consider a return to public service, and perhaps hinting at hopes for a future presidential run, added, "should that return bring you to Florida, I will look forward to welcoming you there."

8. Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) held up several photos of an al-Qaeda affiliated flag that appeared in several protests, when it was his turn to question Clinton. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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