Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before the House select committee investigating the attacks in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Rep. Elijah Cummings confirmed the agreement.
"The chairman asked me back in September to inquire as to whether Secretary Clinton would testify," said Cummings. "She immediately said she would and that she wanted to come in December, but if December did not work, she would come in January. She said I'll do it, period. The fact is she was very clear. She did not hesitate for one second."
The subject of the Benghazi reaches back to Sept. 11, 2012, when the U.S. consulate in Libya was attacked by terrorists. The attack killed four Americans including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
Many have questioned the possibility that Clinton would testify, thinking she would pass up the opportunity to get grilled by members of Congress on a critical subject. Last summer, Clinton said “we'll see” to a question about testifying.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the committee, says it's important for Clinton to testify. "Every witness who has relevant information needs to be talked to," he said.
Republicans have been adamant about digging up alleged Benghazi cover-ups for more than two years. An anti-Clinton PAC, called Stop Hillary PAC, has delivered more than 264,000 signatures to Gowdy to subpoena Clinton to testify. Many believe Clinton and President Barack Obama have covered up the true details of the attack.
Clinton already testified to the House committee for more than five hours in January 2013 when she was still secretary of state. Since then, Clinton has said her biggest regret during her four years as secretary of state was the Benghazi attack.
"My biggest regret is what happened in Benghazi," Clinton said last year. "It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans, two diplomats and — now it is public so I can say — two CIA operatives."