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Benghazi Select Panel Makes Its First Public Debut

09-17-2014

A special congressional investigation into the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, begins Wednesday.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi debuts two years after the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stephens.

Wednesday's hearing will focus on what's been done to shore up security at U.S. embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions worldwide since the 2012 attack.

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, one of seven Republicans on the 12-member committee, said "much of the work we're going to do won't be in hearings like we're having this week.

There's a wide schism between Republicans and Democrats on uncovering the facts surrounding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to torpedo Hillary Clinton's potential presidential candidacy in the next election.

Many remember Clinton's "...what difference does it make?" response to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, in January 2013 during her testimony on Capitol Hill.

It's not clear at this point if the investigation will ever ask why the Obama administration failed to respond to the attack with military force or if officials lied about the motive behind the attacks.

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