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Clinton Aide: Hillary Clinton To Testify Before Benghazi Committee In October

Clinton has indicated that she would like to appear before the committee in public.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will publicly testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Oct. 22, a Clinton spokesperson told The Washington Post on Saturday.

That date was disputed by Jamal Ware, the committee's communications director, who said in a Saturday statement that the panel and Clinton's lawyer were still negotiating the conditions of her appearance as of Friday evening.

“Secretary Clinton's campaign may want to reach out to her lawyer, Mr. David Kendall, with whom the Committee has had ongoing conversations. As of last night, Mr. Kendall was still negotiating conditions for her appearance," Ware said in the statement.

A Clinton spokesman did not return a request for comment.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the committee's chairman, asked Clinton in March to appear before a closed-door meeting of the committee to discuss her use of a private email server. Clinton, a Democratic candidate for president, has indicated for months that she is willing to appear before the panel, but would like to do so in public. Clinton's team preferred a public hearing to a private one out of concern that Republicans on the committee would selectively leak unflattering details, the Post reported.

The committee is reviewing 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton voluntarily turned over. In June, the panel interviewed former Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal about some of the messages in a session that largely focused on domestic politics.

Gowdy's committee is charged with conducting a full investigation of all of the events surrounding the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, which killed four, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Critics say that the committee is just a vehicle for Republicans to attack Clinton.

This story has been updated to include a statement from the Select Committee on Benghazi.

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