Transcript: Hillary Clinton on holding State Department personnel accountable for the security failures at the Benghazi consulate

Transcribed and edited by Jenny Jiang

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on holding State Department personnel accountable for the security failures at the Benghazi consulate. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was held on Jan. 23, 2013:

…On the personnel, this is another area where I need your help. First, all 4 individuals have been removed from their jobs.

Secondly, they’ve been placed on administrative leave.

Thirdly, Ambassador Pickering and Admiral Mullen specifically highlighted the reason why this has been so complicated: Under federal statute and regulations, unsatisfactory leadership is not grounds for finding a breach of duty, and the ARB did not find that these 4 individuals breached their duty.

So fourth, I have submitted legislation to this committee and to the Senate committee to fix this problem so future ARBs will not face this situation because I agree with you – there ought to be more leeway given to the ARBs. But under current law, they were limited.

They on administrative leave and under federal law and regulations they are still being paid…Because there are regulations and laws…Well, Congressman, I’ll be happy to give you an answer because personnel discussions are not appropriate for public settings, but we have taken every step that was available and we will continue to do so and we are looking for additional authority.

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