(WFRV) A Wisconsin senator made headlines today during a faceoff with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The two got into a heated exchange during the Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing over the attack in Libya last year that left four Americans dead.
Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson wasted no time in his first appearance as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee in Washington, DC this morning - to leave a lasting impression. His six- minute questioning of Clinton over the attack in Benghazi last September, lead to a dramatic exchange between the two.
For Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, this was one of her final appearances on Capitol Hill. Four months after the September 11, 2012 attack that killed four Americans at a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi - including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Clinton came to deliver long-awaited testimony.
Republicans grilled Clinton as being out of touch, for not knowing U.S. staff in Libya had requested extra security before the attack. In this hostile exchange, Sen. Johnson accused the Obama administration of trying to mislead the country about what happened.
Johnson : "We were mislead that there were supposedly protests and something sprang out of that, an assault sprang out of that and that was easily ascertained that was not the fact (but, but, you know). And the American people could have known that within days and they didn't know that."
Clinton: "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? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator."
After the hearing Johnson appeared on CNN and was asked why it mattered about the way the attacks were initially explained by the Obama administration. "I think the American people have a right to know what happened," Johnson said. "They also have a right to be told the truth. They should have an expectation that this administration and this president will be honest with them. So I think it makes a big deal of difference."
Secretary Clinton's testimony before the committee was suppose to take place last month, but was delayed after she became ill with a blood clot and needed to be hospitalized.