Corker: Hillary will testify on January 22nd

posted at 12:01 pm on January 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The big news in this clip from yesterday, as both MSNBC and Politico note, is that Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) announced that Hillary Clinton would finally testify about the deadly terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, with the retiring Secretary of State “anxious” to talk to Congress about what she knows.  That. however, wasn’t the main thrust or even the first topic of Andrea Mitchell’s interview with Corker.  Instead, she started off by asking Corker about his support for his former colleague Chuck Hagel and his nomination for Secretary of Defense.  Instead, Corker brought up an entirely new topic on which Republicans might challenge Hagel — nuclear modernization, which Congress has demanded and on which the Obama administration is already dragging their feet:

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 In fact, Corker ends up stating that he will “start from a neutral place,” contradicting Mitchell’s premise.  Corker then says that John Brennan’s confirmation might end up being more contentious than the media thinks, too. He calls intel briefings “nearly useless,” and tells Mitchell that he learns more watching TV or reading magazines.   That doesn’t sound like Brennan will get an easy ride, although Corker declined to comment much on Lindsey Graham’s threat to hold Brennan’s confirmation until the White House provides more answers on how the false “video protest” narrative got fed to the media from the Obama administration.

Eventually, Mitchell gets around to Hillary Clinton:

“I had some very good conversations with her chief of staff,” Corker told Mitchell. “My sense is, her hearing probably will take place the morning of the 22nd.”

Since Clinton’s illness kept her from testifying in December, she has expressed a willingness to testify as soon as her health allowed.

“She’s anxious to want to come up and testify on Benghazi, and I think that’s an important thing both for her but obviously for our country,” Corker said.

We’ll see whether Hillary Clinton, Private Citizen makes this date.


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Corker sucks.

earlgrey133 on January 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM

About time, hope her head doesn’t explode…

Scrumpy on January 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Mark your calendars: Hillary will testify not be under oath, and will lie to us on January 22nd.

Pork-Chop on January 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

What will happen: She’ll plead the 5th right out of the gate, and the committee chair will pull the plug.

What I hope happens: She’ll plead the 5th right out of the gate, and the committee chair keeps right on asking her questions, making her plead the 5th on every single one.

CurtZHP on January 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

So now we know the date of Hillary Clinton’s next health emergency.

JohnTant on January 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

“She’s anxious to want to come up and testify on Benghazi, and I think that’s an important thing both for her but obviously for our country,” Corker said.

I’ve always trusted Hillary. Named after a famous New Zealand mountain climber, you know, and also dodged sniper bullets during a humanitarian mission in Bosnia. Plus some talents in the futures trading industry.

a capella on January 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

over/under on “I don’t recall/I can’t remember” has to be double digits

DanMan on January 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Mark your calendars: Hillary will testify not be under oath, and will lie to us on January 22nd.

Pork-Chop on January 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

She doesn’t need to be “under oath”, anything she says to the senate committee is “under oath”, it’s a hearing. By notice she is “under oath”.

right2bright on January 9, 2013 at 12:11 PM

“She’s anxious to want to come up and testify on Benghazi…”

Translation: This will be a useless hearing.

WisRich on January 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

If the Congress pushes for nuclear modernization, I could suggest a few perfect dumping grounds for the outdated nukes. By the way, speaking of Benghazi…

Archivarix on January 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

She doesn’t need to be “under oath”, anything she says to the senate committee is “under oath”, it’s a hearing. By notice she is “under oath”.

right2bright on January 9, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Uh, think again. Being “under oath” is not automatic – if they want her “under oath”, the oath must be administered.

Pork-Chop on January 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Has there every been a more ignominious or impotent Secretary of State?

Mr. Clinton chose politics and optics over the safety of our countrymen. Now four of them, including and American Ambassador have been murdered as a result. Their murderers? Released or roaming free.

Ms. Clinton then tries to stymie and obfuscate our democratic process with here insulting shenanigans. No mam, we don’t find anything about it humorous. Nor do the families of our fellow murdered Americans.

And please. Skip the patronizing “it’s ultimately my fault, my responsibility” line. When you could have made a difference, you chose not to. You ignored the risks articulated by others for politics. What abhorrent judgment, if we can call it that, you’ve shown.

Marcus Traianus on January 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

OH MY GOD, LEAVE THE POOR WOMAN ALONE! SHE HAD A BLOOD CLOT FOR GOD’S SAKE!!!!!! OH, HILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLARY!!!!!!

GhoulAid on January 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM

WHY BOTHER? this is USELESS!

We already KNOW the State Dept REFUSED to provide additional security after 2 previous attacks & was warned by our Ambassador that they would not survive a 3rd attack. This ALONE should result in an IMMEDIATE FIRING of clinton rather than allowing her to wlk out on her own terms! Nothing she could offer in the way of testimony should/could change any of that!

Let’s be REAL, though — Charlie Rangel, responsible for WRITING part of the Tax Code, was caught ‘red handed’ engaged in Tax Fraud & Evasion….AGAIN (something like the THIRD TIME) – the man was caught hiding MILLIONS & refusing to pay taxes on that money. While the average American would have to pay fines, penalties, interest on the money, back taxes, & even end up IN JAIL….Rangel was only made to pay the appropriate amount of taxes (& you can bet he did not pay ‘his fair share’ when he finally did pay up)!

Fast-&-Furious, Auto Bailout Pension Scandal, Benghazi Scandal…there has been NO ACCOUNTABILITY within this administration or within Congress in a very long time. Our ‘masters’ have set up a system where the legislation they pass do not affect them, the criminal laws they pass for US do not apply to them, & they excuse themselves over and over while making no attempt to hide the fact from the American people how they believe they are above the Constitution, Laws, Regulations, or accountability to which they spare no effort to ensure we are held accountable.

Hillary will be no exception…this B!t@h will walk scott free of any punishment/accountability!

easyt65 on January 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Hillary will testify on January 22nd

And her defense will be (to quote an old Pink Floyd song)

“I don’t know, I was really drunk at the time”

ToddPA on January 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Pointless waste of time. Seriously, why are the Republicans in D.C. so idiotic? Do they really think Hillary will come clean and admit there was a blatant cover-up by the administration? Of course not! All this does is give more ammo to the goddamn media to attack conservatives for bashing a poor, little old lady like Hillary (who just recovered from a concussion).

Aizen on January 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Bill’s just pissed the blood clot didn’t “get” her, he was looking forward to his dating being a little more public.

Tater Salad on January 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

They published the report into this clusterfark. We already know that there were multiple systemic failures and they went right to the top.

She’s shown all the honor of the captain of the Concordia who abandoned ship and went home to watch tv and sink a few beers.

CorporatePiggy on January 9, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Corker brought up an entirely new topic on which Republicans might challenge Hagel — nuclear modernization, which Congress has demanded and on which the Obama administration is already dragging their feet:

First question for Hagel should be what he would do about preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power. If there is nothing that can be done what would the DoD be prepared to do if Israel ended up in getting in the middle of something for which it cannot get out. Both test the resolve of this administration to stop Iran from getting nukes (they do not and Hagel is of the nobody will use nukes if everyone has them school of idiocy) and a statement about the administration’s commitment to Israel.

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

over/under on “I don’t recall/I can’t remember” has to be double digits

DanMan on January 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Rush is going to have to pull that out of his grooveyard of forgotten favorites.

Fenris on January 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Benghazi already proved that Hillary is just as dumb as Obama at 3:00a.m. It was the most revealing thing, aside from the fact that both have blood on their hands.

Media, suffocate from consuming their sh*t. It ain’t Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Place your bets, place your bets! Hillary will either:

1. Testalie.

2. Succumb to a blood clot induced amnesia – I have no recollection of that.

I realize that both are lie but we are used to Clintons splitting hairs, no?

ghostwalker1 on January 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Place your bets, place your bets! Hillary will either:

1. Testalie.

2. Succumb to a blood clot induced amnesia – I have no recollection of that.

I realize that both are lie but we are used to Clintons splitting hairs, no?

ghostwalker1 on January 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

You forgot the Clintons reliable standby:

3. Congress unexpectedly drops dead just before testimony was supposed to occur.

I joke but those potentially damaging to the Clintons do seem to expire at a rate above normal just before they would have caused a problem. Vince Foster, Ron Brown, and James MacDougal would agree.

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

‘Senator..I think we have to define what “Complete and Utter Failure” really means’

or what ‘is’ ‘is’….

BigWyo on January 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

The only suspect in custody was just released…

President Obama swore to find & bring to justice whoever participated this the TERRORIST ATTACK IN BENGHAZI….& he has BETRAYED that promise.

The man is a PRO-Islamic Extremist & supporter of radical Islam (heled/supports Libya/Muslim Brotherhood) who can not say the words ‘Terrorist/Terrorism, whose administration ELIMINATED from the CIA’s Report every reference to the Benghazi attack being a TERRORIST ATTACK, & still wants to treat bENGHAZI As a ‘crime’ rather than as a TERRORIST ATTACK’!

HE IS A WALKING, TALKING BILLBOARD FOR ‘WEAKNESS’ & FOR SUPPORT FOR ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS. HIS SECT OF DEFENSE NOMINEE, HAGEL – WHO HAS OPPOSED EVERY SANCTION AGAINST IRAN & HAS VOICED SUPPORT FOR HAMAS, IS A SIGN TO IRAN THAT HE WILL NOT OPPOSE THEIR ACQUIRING NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

easyt65 on January 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

What I hope happens: She’ll plead the 5th right out of the gate, and the committee chair keeps right on asking her questions, making her plead the 5th on every single one.CurtZHP on January 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Apart from you creaming your pants if this ever happens, what will her pleading the fifth accomplish? She will still beat any of the right wingers you all want to run in 2016.Instead of scheduling serious hearings to find out how we can prevent a future Bengazi, these right wingers are scheduling hearings simply to give themselves a boner.No wonder they keep losing national elections.

HotAirLib on January 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

That is odd, isn’t it?

Instead of scheduling serious hearings to find out how we can prevent a future Bengazi, these right wingers are scheduling hearings simply to give themselves a boner.No wonder they keep losing national elections.

HotAirLib on January 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Gee, and here I was thinking that piecing together exactly how, what and who led to the debacle in Benghazi would be the first step in preventing future ones. So ignoring that and cheer leading for Hillary is the key to preventing future Benhazis. Thanks so much for clearing that up.

ghostwalker1 on January 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Gee, and here I was thinking that piecing together exactly how, what and who led to the debacle in Benghazi would be the first step in preventing future ones. So ignoring that and cheer leading for Hillary is the key to preventing future Benhazis. Thanks so much for clearing that up.

ghostwalker1 on January 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Our resident troll has a very minor point, proving that even mouth-breathing idiots are not always wrong.

Particularly at this date, the Benghazi hearings before Congress are meaningless if held in the open. The real questions that need to be asked and answered are at the classified level. Hillary will go before Congress and say that “mistakes were made” and that will be the end of it. Election is over, Hillary and Obama no longer need to lie their asses off but they won’t really answer legitimate questions either.

IMO, instead of wasting time really caring what this dried-up whore has to say, questions should be put to Brennan when he testifies for Director of the CIA. Just what were those personnel doing in Benghazi? Why was there a coordinated attack on the consulate? Who told his people to stand down?

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM

…She’ll plead the 5th…

She won’t have to – she has already established her ‘alibi / excuse’:

‘As you know, I fell, hit my head, received a concussion, and then suffered from a blood clot…I DON’T SEEM TO REMEMBER ANYTHING…’

easyt65 on January 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

OT: NO one gets into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame this year.

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

New Hotness Prediction:

Concussion-based, Short-term Amnesia

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Anybody else hear that squealing noise?

CurtZHP on January 9, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Yeah, but you never know when that darn gout might flare up…

catmman on January 9, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Our resident troll has a very minor point, proving that even mouth-breathing idiots are not always wrong.

IMO, instead of wasting time really caring what this dried-up whore has to say, questions should be put to Brennan when he testifies for Director of the CIA. Just what were those personnel doing in Benghazi? Why was there a coordinated attack on the consulate? Who told his people to stand down?

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM

HN, I agree about the need to question Brennan as well. That does not relieve Hillary of any culpability in this debacle however. And regarding the troll – a broken clock is right twice a day; doesn’t mean I want, need or should pay attention to one.

ghostwalker1 on January 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM

We’ll see whether Hillary Clinton, Private Citizen makes this date.

Only if Congressional supoenas have the force of arrest powers behind them.

Steve Eggleston on January 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Get ready for a massive document dump/revelation/controversy to be fanned that day.

Take it to the bank… anything Hillary says will be buried under some massive breaking-news story.

I’d bet money on it.

cane_loader on January 9, 2013 at 9:23 PM

OT: NO one gets into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame this year.

Del Dolemonte on January 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

The dying gasp of the gatekeepers.

Before long, the younger, no-morals generation will indulge in Bonds veneration.

cane_loader on January 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

…huh huh!…and it will be productive!

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM