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UPDATE: Sec. Clinton defends handling of Benghazi attack

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified at a Wednesday meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and defended her handling of the September 11 terrorist attack on an American outpost in Benghazi.

The attack by armed militants killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

At one point, Clinton choked up when speaking of comforting the victims' families and also had a heated exchange with Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, with Johnson accusing the Obama administration of misleading the country over whether the Benghazi incident stemmed from a protest and Clinton firing back.

"With all due respect, the fact is that we had four dead Americans," Clinton said. "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?"

Clinton has framed the deadly incident as one attack in a long history of such violence, as well as the result of regional instability.

She is expected to step down after her chosen successor, Senator John Kerry(D-MA), is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faces tough questions in her long-awaited congressional testimony concerning the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Clinton is the sole witness Wednesday at back-to-back hearings before the Senate and House foreign policy panels. They will cover the September raid, an independent panel's review that harshly criticized the State Department, and what the Obama administration is doing to beef up security at U.S. facilities worldwide.

Clinton had been scheduled to testify before Congress last month, but an illness, a concussion and a blood clot near her brain forced her to postpone her appearance.

Her marathon day will probably be her last in Congress before she steps down as secretary of state.

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