Everyone had a reason to summon the name "Hillary Clinton" at Wednesday's hearing on Benghazi. For
Republicans, it was a chance to chink the armor of the overwhelming favorite
for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. For Democrats, it was a chance
to suck up to the overwhelming favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential
nomination. For everyone else, it just made sense to reference the former
secretary of state because it was on her watch that the Benghazi fiasco
In sum, The Cable counts 32 times Clinton was discussed during the nearly five hours of
testimony. Methodologically speaking, we treated instances in which her name
was invoked repeatedly as one "discussion" because we found it exasperating to collect each and every fleeting "Hillary" for five hours. What you'll find is a unique and interesting Hillary-centric snapshot of the hearing. Here's a teeny-tiny summary of every Hillary-related discussion:
- GOP Rep. Darrell Issa: Hillary Clinton promised to give us answers on
Benghazi but she didn't.
- Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings: Republicans wrongly-accused
Hillary Clinton of lying to Congress
- Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya Gregory Hicks: Hillary Clinton phoned me the night of the attacks
- GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy: Hillary Clinton received an important e-mail on
- Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney: Hillary Clinton has
been unfairly attacked by Republicans
- Democratic Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton: I think Mark Thompson
might be spreading lies about Hillary Clinton
- Former Marine and State Department official Mark Thompson: I wouldn't say I've been spreading lies about Hillary Clinton
- GOP Rep. James Lankford: The only person with the authority to waive
security requirements for high-risk locations is Hillary Clinton
- GOP Rep. Jim Jordan: Someone e-mailed something important to someone who
works closely with Hillary Clinton
- GOP Rep. Tim Walberg: Did Hillary Clinton ever mention anything about a
protest when she called you at 2 a.m.?
- Hicks: Hillary Clinton never
mentioned anything about a protest when she called me at 2 a.m.
- Diplomatic security officer Eric Nordstrom: We need a better way of informing Hillary Clinton about
- GOP Rep. Paul Gosar: I'm going to
introduce that clip of Hillary Clinton saying "What difference does it make?"
- Hicks: Well, if Hillary Clinton were to ask me, I'd say it did make a big difference
- GOP Rep. Patrick Meehan: Hillary Clinton had to have signed this important
- Nordstram: Yes: Hillary Clinton had
to have signed that important thing.
- GOP Rep. Scott Eugene DesJarlais: If you listen to Democrats, they
agree with Hillary Clinton's sentiment: "What difference does it make?"
- DesJarlais: Didn't Hillary Clinton
tell you you did a good job?
- Hicks: Yes, Hillary Clinton did say
- GOP Rep. Thomas Massie: Did Hillary Clinton ever ask you what resources you
- Hicks: Yes, Hillary Clinton did ask
- GOP Rep. Doug Collins: Would you expect Hillary Clinton to be briefed on
that important thing?
- Nordstrom: Yes, I would expect
Hillary Clinton to be briefed on that important thing.
- Issa: Did Hillary Clinton ask you
what caused the Benghazi attack?
- Hicks: No, but I told her about the
cause of the attack that I read on Twitter.
- Jordan: I'm going to imply that
Cheryl Mills speaks for Hillary Clinton
- Cummings: Hillary Clinton convened
a group to review thousands of documents in the aftermath of Benghazi
- GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz: Did Hillary Clinton make the security decisions in
- Jordan: Did Hillary Clinton deny
you the troops you requested?
- Nordstrom: Yes, Hillary Clinton did
- Gowdy: Is it true that Hillary
Clinton alone is able to authorize security specifications?
- Nordstrom: Kind of. It depends
Alicia Wittmeyer, Colin Daileda, and Elizabeth Ralph contributed amazingly to this blog post