Benghazi hearing: The question that made Clinton laugh

October 23, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to reporters' questions as she exits the hearing room for a lunch break from testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to reporters’ questions as she exits the hearing room for a lunch break from testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

 

It was the one moment of levity in the long, serious political grilling of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over the deadly 2012 attacks at a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Republican Representative Martha Roby of Alabama sparked hearty laughter from Clinton, the former secretary of state, when she asked about what she did on the night of the attacks.

Clinton said she went home after leaving the State Department. “Were you alone?” Roby asked.

“I was alone, yes,” Clinton replied.

“The whole night?” Roby followed up.

“Well, yes, the whole night,” Clinton responded, before bursting into a long and loud laugh.

Roby was not amused.

“I don’t know why that’s funny. Did you have any in-person briefings? I don’t find it funny at all,” Roby said.

Clinton tried to explain, calling it “a little note of levity” as the evening wore on.

“I had secure phones, I had other equipment that kept me in touch with the State Department at all times. I did not sleep all night. I was very much focused on what we were doing.”

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“I had secure phones, I had other equipment that kept me in touch with the State Department at all times. I did not sleep all night. I was very much focused on what we were doing.”

Based on the validated allegations of violating security protocol for electronic communications, apparently at least one of Hillary’s ‘other equipment’ were not secure.

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