Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should testify right away about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
In an interview on Fox News Wednesday, Ayotte said Clinton needed to explain the insufficient security for the consulate in the wake of earlier assaults, especially after taking responsibility, as head of the State Department, for the safety of American diplomats.
“She has said she will testify but only after the internal report investigation is done,” Ayotte said. “I think she should testify immediately, but we have not heard her testimony yet and I think that’s got to be a priority … She absolutely has to testify. Let’s not forget in the midst of the election she came forward and said, ‘I take full responsibility for this.’ In addition to that, this is the State Department. This is a consulate. Ambassador Stevens worked for the State Department. We need to understand why, given the prior attacks on that consulate, that we didn’t secure it.”