Hillary Grilled For 11 Hours in Benghazi Hearing

The former secretary of state defended herself involving the 2012 embassy attack.
3:05 | 10/23/15

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Now to Hillary Clinton's showdown on capitol hill. More than eight hours of testimony. Republicans saying they were doing their duty to investigate a serious security breach. Democrats complaining it's a waste of money after seven previous congressional investigations. ABC's Jon Karl on point over a long day. Good morning, Jon. Reporter: Good morning, George. This hearing went on so long, 11 hours including the breaks, that by the end, Clinton supporters were tweeting with the #freehillary. Republicans raised serious questions about security at benghazi but Clinton emerged largely unscathed. The unprecedented grilling of a presidential candidate lasted into the night. Parliamentary inquiry, how late are we going tonight? ? So far today I've said good morni morning, good afternoon -- You all serving breakfast, congressman. Let me go ahead and say good night. Reporter: An 11-hour hearing of intense questioning, the occasional break for water a. Even a cough drop. Plenty of partisan bickering. There are people, frankly, in both parties who have suggested that this investigation is about you. Let me assure you it is not. We're better than that and we're better than using taxpayer dollars to try to destroy a campaign. Reporter: There was political theater with props including piles of Clinton's much discussed personal e-mail. Libya, benghazi, Chris Stevens, the staff there, they seem to fall off your radar in 2012 and the situation is getting much worse in 2012. If you were to be in my office in the state department I didn't have a computer. I did not do the vast majority of my work on e-mail. Reporter: The underlying issue, of course, was serious. Republicans repeatedly asking, why the state department had denied several requests for more security in the months before the 2012 attack in benghazi. You had two ambassadors that made several, several requests and here's basically what happened to their requests. They were torn up. Well, that's just not true, congressman. Many were responded to. Reporter: Throughout the day-long testimony a confident Clinton showed a wide range of emotions. Sometimes frustrated. That was a very long question and I think the answer is no. Reporter: And at other types appearing bored or amused by the spectacle. Okay, and who else was at your home? Were you alone? I was alone, yes. The whole night? Well, yes, the whole night. I don't know why that's funny. I mean did you have any in-person briefings? I don't find it funny at all. I'm sorry. A little note at levity at 7:15. Reporter: When reflecting on the loss of four Americans killed including ambassador Chris Stevens, Clinton was emotional. I've lost more sleep than all of you put together. I have been racking my brain about what more could have been done. Reporter: Now back to the campaign trail. She has a rally in Virginia in afternoon and tomorrow we'll see Clinton's campaign, bill Clinton's campaign trail debut and join Hillary in Iowa at a rally that also features Katy Perry.

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