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January 24th, 2013
08:22 AM ET

Sen. Johnson: White House was 'playing election politics' after Benghazi attack

Yesterday morning, Secretary of State Clinton took on GOP critics of her department's handling of the September terrorist attack in Libya.

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson persistently questioned Clinton about what he described as UN Ambassador Susan Rice "purposely misleading" the American people.

"We were misled that there were supposedly protests and something sprang out of that, an assault sprang out of that and that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact," Johnson said, adding that "the American people could have known that within days."

Shouting in frustration, Clinton shot back: "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided they'd go kill some Americans?"

Sen. Johnson discusses his interaction with Clinton on Starting Point this morning, saying that he was "trying to be respectful" and that he was "a little surprised" at the Secretary's reaction.

Nevertheless, Sen. Johnson stands by his line of questioning, insisting that lawmakers "need to get to the bottom" of what happened because "the American people deserve the truth."

"This administration has been hiding behind an FBI investigation and a 60 day accountability report," Sen. Johnson says. "They were playing election politics, no doubt about it."

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