The following is an excerpt from Hunter Walker, Meredith Shiner and Jerry Adler | October 22, 2015 | Yahoo.com |
One day, probably sometime next year, there will be a final report from the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and Americans will be able to turn the page on the deadly attack that left four people dead in that Libyan city, more than three years ago.
But first we have to get past Thursday.
If you haven’t been paying attention to the simmering scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails, Thursday would be a good time to start. It’s an all-day marathon hearing featuring a confrontation between the two key figures in this drama: the lean, brooding, ill-starred chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and his prize witness, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose national campaign is finally picking up momentum, energized by a solid first debate last week and the news Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden would not launch his own presidential bid.
Until recently, this was shaping up to be a difficult trial for the former senator and first lady — a metaphoric trial, although some clearly hoped it presaged a real one in a courtroom. Her lead for the Democratic nomination eroding under a steady drip of disclosures about her private email account, Clinton was on the defensive. Gowdy, a former prosecutor, was armed with 50,000 pages of emails and the testimony of more than 50 witnesses from the State Department, the CIA and the Pentagon, hoping to catch her in a contradiction or obfuscation. To allow plenty of opportunity for that to happen, he scheduled as much as eight hours of questioning by the panel’s seven Republicans and five Democrats.
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