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Good evening I'm Bret -- amid accusations of a cover up incompetence.
And in action.
Secretary of state Hillary Clinton defended her handling of the September 11 assault on the US mission in Ben Ghazi Libya.
While still accepting responsibility.
As head diplomat.
We have -- team coverage tonight senior analyst political analyst Brit Hume looks at the hearings in the questioners.
Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry focuses on what the president was doing during and after the attack but we begin the chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel.
And at times a somber and at times combative Hillary Clinton good evening.
-- -- -- good -- more than four months after the big guys he attacked lawmakers are given a chance to question secretary of state Clinton about what went wrong who's to blame.
And how to prevent future attacks like this one.
Days before she's -- to leave her post Secretary Clinton on Capitol Hill said the September 11 attack on the Ben -- consulate.
Which led to four Americans being killed stopped at her door.
As I have said many times I take responsibility.
And nobody is more committed to getting this right.
I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer stronger and more secure Clinton showed emotion when -- were called comforting the families and paying her respects I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag draped caskets.
Off the plane at Andrews.
I put my arms around the mothers and fathers.
The sisters and Brothers the sons and daughters.
The secretary of state revealed anger when she was challenged on the administration's narrative including ambassador Susan Rice saying five days after the attack.
It all started with protests against an anti Islam video.
Do you disagree with me -- -- simple phone call to those evacuees.
To determine what happened -- of would have ascertained immediately but there was no protests.
I mean that thousand barrels a piece of information to convince easily easily obtain.
-- with all due respect the fact is we have four dead Americans what I'd putt that I protest it was a because of guys out for a walk when not -- decide they go kill some Americans.
What difference at this point does it.
-- then senator Rand Paul said to her face Clinton failed to do her job or I'm glad that you're accepting responsibility.
I think that ultimately with your leaving you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since nine elevenths.
And I really mean that had -- been president at that time.
And I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi you did not read the cables from -- Stephens Collins relieved you of your post in the house hearing Clinton said she was aware of last summer's attempt on the life of the British ambassador -- Ghazi.
And the IED attack on the US consulate wall but Stephens cables requesting more security never came to her desk.
Democrats in both hearings and Clinton herself repeatedly referred to what they called congressional cuts in funding for diplomatic security.
But Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher pointed out deputy assistant secretary of state Charlie -- -- testified last October.
That money played no role in her decision on the level of security in Ben Ghazi.
The slam you made this decision personally was there any budget consideration and lack of budget which let you not to increase the number of people.
In the security force there.
No -- the YA.
-- do here.
-- RB is the accountability review board led by admiral Mike Mullen and ambassador Thomas Pickering.
Clinton was asked if she'd selected.
Susan Rice to appear on the 5 Sunday morning talk shows she said she did not.
Clinton said she felt like she had a great deal to manage in the aftermath.
And that that should be her priority and said doing those cop shows is not her favorite thing to do right.
But -- a lot on the hill tonight Mike thank you.
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