#Hashtag: Benghazi Hearing


Today is a big day in American politics, as Hillary Clinton is testifying before the Rep. Trey Gowdy-led House Benghazi committee, investigating the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya.

This investigation has gone on now for 18 months and while you might blame different people for this, it does not feel like it has revealed anything new and important to the American people. Nonpartisan political observers like Five Thirty Eight’s Leah Libresco are saying that the public generally just doesn’t care all that much about the issue anymore.

The investigation’s length and findings so far have been dogged by calls of blatant partisanship and accusations of targeting Clinton. These have been stirred up in recent events, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy saying that “we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”

This issue of partisanship has been a central focus of the hearing so far. In her opening statement, Clinton said “My challenge to you, members of this committee, is the same challenge I put to myself … Let’s be worthy of the trust the American people bestow on us … they expect us to rise above partisanship. And I hope it’s what we’ll strive for today and in the future.”

I encourage you to watch the live-streamed hearing, if you are interested in keeping up with these events and political actors. It’s worth watching.

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