Clinton defends handling of Benghazi security requests

Republican members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi grilled Hillary Clinton Thursday on why hundreds of requests for more security from State Department officials in Libya were ignored.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the committee's top Democrat, led fellow minority members in defending Clinton from suggestions that she was personally liable for agency decisions that left Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans without adequate protection on Sept. 11, 2012.

Clinton said requests for more security "were rightly handled by security professionals in the department," she said, citing findings from Accountability Review Board members.

Related Story: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2574118/

"I was not going to second guess them," she said of the decisions made by diplomatic security officials.

Democrats have frequently pointed to Clinton's lack of involvement in approving or denying security requests in Benghazi as evidence that she bears little blame for the failures that led to the deaths of four Americans.

Read more on WashingtonExaminer.com