Top Clinton aide to face Hill grilling before Benghazi panel

Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, is set to appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi Friday, a committee source confirmed.

Abedin's appearance comes amid heightened scrutiny of the committee's investigation, with Democrats accusing Republicans of using the panel to damage Clinton's presidential campaign. Republicans have noted that the committee uncovered a significant trove of information about Benghazi that was not previously known, including the fact that Clinton shielded all her communications about the attack on a private server in her basement.

Abedin, who served as Clinton's deputy chief of staff at State and is presently the highest-paid member of her campaign team, was slated to appear before the committee in August, but her interview was delayed after the State Department failed to provide documents beforehand.

Democrats on the Benghazi committee have pushed the majority to release the transcripts of closed-door interviews with witnesses, but Chairman Trey Gowdy has resisted, arguing the release of the transcripts might discourage future witnesses from being candid with investigators.

The minority members threatened last week to publish the transcript of an interview with Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff, but have yet to do so this week.