Hillary Clinton began her testimony with the House Select Committee on Benghazi Thursday with an emotional tribute to the four victims of the 2012 terror attack.

"I knew and admired Chris Stevens. He was one of our nation's most accomplished diplomats," Clinton said of the U.S. ambassador who was killed in the attack.

She said Libyans expressed deep sorrow in the wake of the raid on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

"Tens of thousands of Libyans poured into the streets of Benghazi. They held signs reading, 'Thugs don't represent Benghazi or Islam,'" Clinton said.

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