Clinton said Wednesday that four State Department officials are on administrative leave as the department weighs “next steps.” She said the review board did not find cause to automatically fire them.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the new ranking member on the committee, echoed Clinton's comments that attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts are not unusual.
Royce's criticism was more measured than what Clinton heard from Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulWe need congressional debate on Yemen Senate takes up NATO membership for Montenegro Overnight Defense: Civilian casualties raise questions about rules of engagement | Air Force nominee set for hearing | Senate takes up NATO membership for Montenegro MORE (R-Ky.) a few hours earlier.
“I think ultimately with your leaving you accept culpability for the worst tragedy since Sept. 11,” Paul said. “If I'd been president at the time and I'd found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post.”
“Not to know of the requests for security, really I think cost these people their lives.”