Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) on Jan. 23 regarding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) will have his nomination hearing to replace her Jan. 24.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Kerry presumptive successor on the SFRC, will preside over both hearings, Senate aides told The Cable. Clinton will testify at 9 a.m. in the spacious Hart Senate Office Building Hearing room, rather than the more constrained space in the Dirksen Senate Office Building that the SFRC regularly uses, to allow more media and onlookers to attend.
"Foreign Relations Committee sent notices to senators tonight that Kerry's nomination hearing will be Thurs, Jan. 24th at 10:00 a.m. Senator Menendez will preside; however, Kerry will remain committee chairman until confirmed," a Senate aide told The Cable late Wednesday evening. "Also, the committee announced that the Benghazi hearing with Secretary Clinton will be Wed, Jan. 23 at 9:00 am. Menendez will preside over this hearing as well."
The House Foreign Affairs Committee, led by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) has already announced that Clinton will testify there the afternoon of Jan. 23.
The title of Clinton's SFRC hearing will be, "Benghazi: The Attacks and the Lessons Learned."
Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to be the next secretary of defense will be Jan. 31.
Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University.