Thursday, November 8, 2012

Next Week: On Hillary Clinton's Agenda

Although none of this has been confirmed by the State Department,  multiple reports lend some credibility to the way next week is shaping up for Hillary Clinton.   Apparently, early in the week she will be in Australia.

Hillary Clinton set to visit Adelaide

Yahoo!7 November 8, 2012, 6:17 pm

Hillary Clinton to visit Adelaide

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to visit Adelaide next week, despite the US Embassy yet to confirm her trip. Mike Smithson reports.

South Australian and Federal Police are preparing for another massive security operation with Hillary Clinton set to visit Adelaide next week.
The security surrounding Prince Charles and Camilla yesterday will appear just a dress rehearsal compared to when the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in South Australia.
7News understands about 140 rooms have been booked at the Intercontinental Hotel for Mrs Clinton and her entourage, including her staff and secret service agents.
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Hillary Clinton to visit Adelaide: Tiser

AAP November 8, 2012, 2:13 pm
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is planning to visit Adelaide next week on a private trip.

AP © US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is planning to visit Adelaide next week on a private trip.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is planning to visit Adelaide next week on a private trip to see some friends, the Advertiser newspaper has reported.
The newspaper says police and US officials have been in talks about the trip which will have Ms Clinton in town for two days.
She is also expected to attend the Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) meeting in Perth earlier in the week, although her attendance there is yet to be confirmed by the White House.
A US Embassy spokeswoman said a visit by Ms Clinton to Adelaide had not yet been confirmed by either embassy officials or the White House.
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Later in the week, back in D.C., she evidently has been invited to Capitol Hill to testify regarding the September 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

House panel invites Clinton to testify at Libya hearing

Published November 08, 2012
The House Foreign Affairs Committee has scheduled an open hearing for next Thursday on the Libya terror attack and has invited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify, Fox News has learned.
The committee joins two others planning to hold hearings, albeit closed ones, that day.

Republicans want Clinton to testify on Benghazi

By: Hope Hodge
11/8/2012 01:01 PM
President Barack Obama may have won re-election, but Republicans in Congress are making it clear that he has not dodged hard questions on the administration’s handling of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) led the charge, sending a letter Wednesday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterating demands for access to State Department cables detailing security requests made by the consulate before, during, and after the deadly attacks and for real-time updates in the ongoing investigation.
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We wish her a safe journey and a fair series of hearings. 

I am adding Victoria Nuland's remarks about these hearings from today's press briefing.  From what she said if is not clear that it will be Mme. Secretary who testifies.
12:46 p.m. EST
MS. NULAND: All right. It’s Thursday, right? So we would say happy Thursday. I have nothing at the top. Let’s go to what’s on your minds.
QUESTION: Can we start with a little housekeeping on Libya?
MS. NULAND: Please.
QUESTION: Not that I expect any significant answer or substantive answer, but the impatience seems to be growing on the Hill. Yesterday, Congresswoman Lehtinen – Ros-Lehtinen sent yet another letter to the Secretary complaining about the delay in getting documents. Do you guys have any response to these complaints?
MS. NULAND: Well, we are responding to all of these letters as we get them.
QUESTION: Well, she says that she hasn’t gotten any response.
MS. NULAND: She hasn’t gotten any response to any of her letters?
QUESTION: That’s what she said.
MS. NULAND: I did not see the letter that most recently came in, but my understanding is that as these letters have been coming in, we’ve been responding to them. We have also been making appropriate documents available to members and their staff. There will be a number of closed-door sessions on the Hill next week at the Hill’s request. So as you know, we are very committed to working with the Congress throughout this process. We are obviously – as we learn the lessons that we need to learn from this incident, we’re going to need to continue to work with the Congress on remedies, et cetera. So that relationship is obviously crucial for us.
QUESTION: Who from the Department is going to be at these hearings next week?
MS. NULAND: Again, I think that’s currently being worked out. I’ll let you know if we have something to announce, but all of these are, my understanding, classified sessions at the Hill’s request.
QUESTION: And you’re aware of more than one?
MS. NULAND: There are a number of them that the Administration is participating in. I’ll take a look for you and see what we can share tomorrow.
QUESTION: The documents that you’re making available, has there been any limitations placed on the time that they’re able to look at these documents? There’s reports that they’re only available for a couple of days this week, which means many members wouldn’t be able to see them because they’re not in town.
MS. NULAND: My understanding is that we’re working with staffs to ensure that the appropriate people can get to them on the schedule that is convenient for them, so if there are issues we are working them through. But members have been coming and going because of the election, et cetera.
Other thoughts? Done? No. All right, Samir.