Boxer’s remarks come after House Republicans have reopened their investigation on what happened at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, when four Americans were killed including U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, on Sept. 11, 2012.

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“It takes funding to protect a consulate,” Boxer said. “Who cut the funds from embassy security, the Republicans in the House … so I think the ‘Benghazi scandal’ starts with the House Republicans.

“Look in the mirror.”

Boxer, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Republicans are trying to blame former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain MORE for the deaths because she is a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.

“They cannot stand the heat so they turn it on Secretary Clinton and that is wrong,” Boxer said. “It starts with the fact that there wasn’t enough security and there wasn’t enough security because the budget was cut.

“Keep politics out of Benghazi.”

GOP House members have accused the Obama administration for trying to cover up the truth about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, but the administration has dismissed the claims as politically motivated.