Hillary Clinton passionately defended by Congressman over Benghazi attacks

Hillary Clinton has been passionately defended by a fellow Democrat during an 11-hour grilling on her role in the 2012 attack on a US diplomatic mission in Libya.

Congressman Elijah Cummings drew cheers from the audience following his animated speech, during which he said the Congressional investigative committee should be "better" than trying to get a "gotcha" moment out of the presidential candidate.

Four Americans were killed in the attack in Benghazi and Mrs Clinton faced criticism that she was involved in the decision to withhold extra security from the consulate and misinformed the public about the cause of the attack.

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Congressman Cummings came to her defence, saying it wasn't right that panel members "even imply that you didn't care about your people".

He said: "It's easy to sit up here under these lights, Monday morning quarterbacking about what could have been. You have laid it out.

"I don't know what we want from you. Do we want to badger you over and over again, until you get tired, until we get the ‘gotcha’ moment?

"We're better than that. We're a better country. We're better than using taxpayer dollars to try to destroy a campaign. That's not what America is all about."