Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told lawmakers Thursday that no one was fired for the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans because no one was found in dereliction of duty to warrant an immediate dismissal.

Her explanation came in a hearing at the House Select Committee on Benghazi in which Republicans tried to cast Clinton as an official who could have required more security steps in Libya, but didn't. The GOP also criticized Clinton for trying to cover up the attack initially as something other than a planned, terrorist attack.

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., was the first to ask why no one has been fired yet.

"Why didn't you fire someone?" he asked. "In Kansas ... I get asked constantly, why has no one been held accountable? How come not a single person lost a single paycheck connected to the fact that we had the first ambassador killed since 1979?"

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"How come no one has been held accountable to date?" he asked again.

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