The Republican head of the U.S. congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack rejects claims that the committee is targeting Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The head congressional investigator into the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya told the CBS Face the Nation news program on Sunday (October 18) that he was focused on all parts of the ongoing investigation, and not just Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as some critics have said. Democrats have said the Republican-controlled committee is more interested in damaging Clinton's reputation than uncovering the truth about that deadly night. But Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina shot back at those allegations on Sunday, saying he is focused on finding out what security failures led to the incident - not on Clinton. Clinton was U.S. Secretary of State in September 2012 when the U.S. mission in Benghazi was attacked, killing four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. She is due to testify before a congressional committee on Thursday. The committee questioned her senior aide, Huma Abedin, for six hours in a closed session on Friday. Democrats have argued that the 17-month-old probe is a political tool to damage Clinton as she seeks her party's nomination in the November 2016 presidential election.