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Why the Senate's leading Republicans are still all about Benghazi

GOP Senators Ayotte, Graham, and McCain hold a Benghazi presser on December 21, 2012
GOP Senators Ayotte, Graham, and McCain hold a Benghazi presser on December 21, 2012
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Zack Beauchamp is a senior correspondent at Vox, where he covers ideology and challenges to democracy, both at home and abroad. Before coming to Vox in 2014, he edited TP Ideas, a section of Think Progress devoted to the ideas shaping our political world.

At 1:30 today, Republican Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte are holding a press conference on "unanswered questions" about the September 11th, 2012, attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya. For people not following the issue, this may seem confusing: Congressional Republicans have held a number of hearings investigating the attack, which claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. These hearings have answered most of the critical questions about what happened that night.

But Republicans see a deeper story story here — one that has rightfully wounded both the Obama Administration and the possible Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign. Here's why Congressional Republicans still see this as a live issue, one that they intend to continue to investigate and make noise about:

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