Huma Abedin deposed before mostly empty Benghazi committee

Only a few members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi were seen arriving Friday for a closed-door interview of Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, the committee's chairman, was not at the deposition an hour after it began, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat, didn't arrive until nearly an hour after it was scheduled. The House was on recess this week, which likely explained the lower-than-usual attendance.

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., attended the interview Friday morning at the Capitol Visitors Center. Westmoreland is a candidate for speaker of the House.

Abedin was expected to be questioned about the events leading up to and following the 2012 attack in Benghazi, as well as the State Department's efforts to comply with congressional records requests.

Although Clinton has repeatedly dismissed the committee's efforts as redundant given the conclusion of several other congressional inquiries into Benghazi, she kept hundreds of records hidden from all previous investigators by declining to provide emails she had hosted on her private server.