Secretary of State Hillary Clinton engaged in some heated exchanges Wednesday with U.S. Senators during her testimony about the attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Facing scrutiny from Republicans in particular, Clinton took exception to Ron Johnson (R-WI) and his pointed inquiry into the State Department's initial reports:
Johnson was referring to reports that the September 11, 2012 attack that killed four Americans was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Islam YouTube video.
"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," Clinton responded, raising her voice at Johnson, who continued to interrupt her.
"Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to 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," she said, with increased intensity.
"Honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is people were trying their best in real time to get to the best information."
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) also took Clinton to task over what he described as ill-preparedness, saying she should have been relieved of her post over what happened:
Earlier in the hearing, Hillary Clinton choked up recalling meeting the families of the four Americans killed, including that of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Clinton, a potential 2016 election candidate, is stepping down as Secretary of State as soon as Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is confirmed as her replacement.