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Peter Roskam

In Benghazi hearing, Republicans hand Clinton a gift

Once again the House Republicans have demonstrated their talent for wretched excess, in their effort to use the 2012 terrorist attack on Benghazi to harpoon Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Their 10-hour interrogation of the former secretary of state about her role in the episode offered further validation of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's boast that the select committee was out to drive down her poll numbers in the 2016 presidential race.

Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy led off with an opening statement that only confirmed that intent, sustained by other Republican members who badgered Ms. Clinton with questions oft-asked in earlier congressional hearings on the...