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A frustrated Hillary Clinton responded angrily to Republican senator Ron Johnson's questioning about the release of information following the Benghazi attacks.
"What difference does it make?" a clearly exasperated Clinton told the senator, insisting that her focus should be on bringing the militants to justice.
As she began her testimony, her voice cracked at times as she said her work is sometimes highly personal, she told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
At another point, she defended UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who was vilified for widely debunked claims five days after the attack that protests precipitated the raid rather than terrorism. She challenged the Republican focus on Rice's comments, which were based on intelligence talking points.
"What difference does it make?" a clearly exasperated Clinton told Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican, after he pressed her. She insisted that "people were trying in real time to get to the best information," and that her focus was on looking ahead on how to improve security.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Algerian militants involved in the attack on a desert gas plant in Algeria this month had weapons from Libya.
"There is no doubt that the Algerian terrorists had weapons from Libya. There is no doubt that the Malian remnants of AQIM have weapons from Libya," she is speaking at a Senate hearing on the September attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya.
AQIM - Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb - is an affiliate of al Qaeda.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she never saw the requests for additional security for the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, which was attacked in September, because they were handled by other State Department officials and normally would not reach her level.
Clinton is testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the September attack by Islamist militants in which the US ambassador and three other Americans were killed.
"The specific security requests pertaining to Benghazi, you know were handled by the security professionals in the department. I didn't see those requests, they didn't come to me, I didn't approve them, I didn't deny them," Clinton said.
She noted that one of the findings of an accountability review board on the Benghazi attack was that "these requests don't ordinarily come to the secretary of state."