At one point during Clinton’s two and a half hour testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Johnson (R-WI) asked why wasn’t a simple phone call made to the evacuees to determine the cause of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Clinton erupted, “The fact is we had four dead Americans! Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” It was by far her most intriguing reaction of the day.
Whether or not the Benghazi attacks were spontaneously driven by an anti-Muslim video or an orchestrated terrorist attack has been a sticky issue for the Obama administration. Romney tried to push Obama hard on Libya in the second presidential debate, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice felt obliged to pull her name from consideration to be Hillary’s successor after Republicans grew outraged that her Benghazi statements (which came from the White House) deeming the attack spontaneous were later found to be incomplete. So Johnson’s question was to be expected, but the anger in Hillary’s voice was not.