clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Hillary Clinton's Benghazi hearing, in one image

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.

Hillary Clinton began testifying in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi at around 10 am on Thursday, and as of this writing, it's still going. If you haven't been following the hearing, you might wonder what's happened. Well, as far as a summary goes, this picture is worth a thousand words:

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is intently interrogating Clinton — who cannot really hide her contempt for and impatience with the whole thing.

At the time, Jordan was asking about the Obama administration's initial claim that the attack grew out of an organic protest. The administration had initially claimed as much but, after the fog of war lifted, acknowledged that this was wrong and in fact local militants had deliberately launched the attack. Jordan was asking if in fact the administration had known this claim was wrong all along, and had deliberately lied in those first few days.

This is one of the most litigated issues surrounding the Benghazi attack; Clinton thinks that it's been put to rest by the eight prior investigations into Benghazi, which have indeed affirmed that the administration was honestly relaying early intelligence that turned out to be erroneous. Her annoyance is written all over face.

The exchange perfectly captures how the whole hearing has gone. Republicans have brought up a number of questions about Benghazi that Clinton and the committee's Democrats consider long settled. Both sides think the other is acting in bad faith, and everyone's getting annoyed. And absolutely nothing new about the Benghazi attack is being revealed.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for Vox Recommends

Get curated picks of the best Vox journalism to read, watch, and listen to every week, from our editors.