Updated on October 23 at 7:34 a.m. ET
It’s a good bet that Thursday was the climax for the House select committee on Benghazi. After almost 18 months and dozens of hearings, the committee interviewed Hillary Clinton on Thursday, in a marathon public hearing that lasted 11 hours.
The session was tense, often testy, and saw some heated exchanges between Trey Gowdy, the committee’s chairman, and Elijah Cummings, its ranking member. Through it, Clinton answered questions about what she knew about the September 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, about security at the facility, about Sidney Blumenthal, her longtime Clinton confidant, and about her use of a personal email account while secretary of state. And then there was this exchange:
At the end of the 11 hours, reporters asked Gowdy what had been learned during the session. He replied: “I don't know that she testified much differently today than when she previously testified.”
Whether you regard the hearings as an essential inquiry or a political farce, Clinton’s testimony was always going to be the main event. Several separate investigations have already considered the attacks in Libya. Most of the big questions have largely been answered. Yes, the State Department that Clinton led should have done more to protect personnel in Libya; but, no, there’s no evidence thus far of any criminal negligence.