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.

“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 ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father 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.