Huma Abedin, aide to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, arrives to testify at the U.S. congressional committee investigating the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Huma Abedin, aide to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, met with the Benghazi Committee behind closed doors on Friday (October 16). Before she arrived, committee staffers said Ms. Abedin would be questioned about the events leading up to, during and after the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. They said she would also be questioned about executive branch activities and efforts to comply with congressional inquiries into the violence that claimed the lives of four Americans, including the then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. Abedin's appearance comes just two weeks after Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the leader of U.S. House Republicans, went on television to boast that the federally funded investigation had successfully dented Clinton's poll numbers as she runs for the Democratic presidential nomination. His comments seemed to bolster claims by the committee's critics that the investigation is politically motivated. A spokesman for the committee said, in a statement, the committee has typically avoided announcing appearances before it, but the continued mischaracterizations of the committee's actions by Democrats, partisans and outside groups prompted it to announce Ms. Abedin's appearance in advance.