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Clinton expected to testify on Benghazi attack in two weeks, sources say

Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGeorge HW Bush wears 'book socks' to Barbara Bush's funeral to honor her passion for literacy Obamas, Clintons to attend funeral of Barbara Bush Hillary Clinton to fundraise in DC for public charter high school MORE is expected to testify about the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, before the House and Senate when both chambers are back in session the week of Jan. 21, sources said Tuesday.

“My sense is, her hearing probably will take place the morning of the 22nd,” the incoming ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSunday Shows Preview: Emmanuel Macron talks ahead of state dinner Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo MORE (R-Tenn.), told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday. Corker said he had had “some very good conversations with her chief of staff” and that Clinton appeared “anxious to want to come up and testify on Benghazi.”

Clinton was scheduled to appear before the House and Senate Foreign Affairs panels last month but sent her deputies instead after falling ill. Republicans have accused her State Department of failing to adequate provide for security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi prior to the Sept. 11 attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

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State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed during her press briefing that Clinton is expected to appear before both chambers before the confirmation hearing for her replacement, Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryNorth Korea is moved by Pompeo diplomacy, but Dems dig in deeper Ex-Obama official Marie Harf, Guy Benson to co-host Fox News Radio show Five things to know about Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska MORE (D-Mass.), takes place. Nuland said no date has been set yet, but she pointed out that the two chambers won't both be back in before President Obama's Jan. 21 inauguration.

“The goal on our side is we would have the secretary able to testify as she's promised to do while she's still sitting secretary but also have the confirmation hearing as quickly as appropriate after they come back,” she said. “The expectation is that she would be prepared to testify in both the House and the Senate, so we have to work out appropriate timing in both places.”