“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has come under serious flak for allegedly ignoring requests to beef up security at the Benghazi consulate prior to its attack, will not testify as well. “She was asked to appear at House Foreign Affairs next week, and we have written back to the Chairman to say that she’ll be on travel next week,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters on Friday. Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy and Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell, two top ranking officials at State, will appear at the hearings in her stead.
Clinton will be in Australia to attend the annual Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations. Rumors have circulated — which both sides have rebuffed — that the United States is concerned with possible budget cuts to the Australian military.