White House: Hillary Clinton Benghazi Testimony Proves She ’Genuinely Cares’

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies
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The White House is praising former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her testimony in front of the House investigative committee on the Benghazi terrorist attacks, even as the hearings continue on Capitol Hill.

During the White House press conference, Deputy Press Secretary Eric Shultz argued that her testimony proved that Clinton was an effective member of the Obama administration.

“I was reminded of why President Obama chose Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State in the first place,” Schultz said, “I think if you look at her opening statement today, you saw someone who genuinely cares and is devoted to the safety and security of our men and women who serve in diplomatic posts.”

Schultz said he didn’t think that Obama spoke with Clinton before the hearing and that it was not clear whether Obama was watching her testify.

“I don’t believe that this hearing was on the president’s morning schedule to watch,” Schultz replied.

Schultz also emphasized the length and cost of the Congressional investigation of the Benghazi terror attacks, but added the White House would continue to cooperate with the investigation.

“I hope there’s some finality,” he said, referring to the role of Clinton’s testimony to the committee.


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