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Rep. Mike Pompeo asks Hillary Clinton why no one was fired for Benghazi attacks

House Benghazi Committee member Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita questions Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.
House Benghazi Committee member Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita questions Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Associated Press

Rep. Mike Pompeo of Wichita asked Hillary Rodham Clinton why no one was fired after the 2012 attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

Clinton was secretary of state at the time.

Pompeo, a Republican member of the House Benghazi committee, noted during a daylong committee hearing Thursday that no one lost a single paycheck over the attacks – and it was the first time an U.S. ambassador had been killed since 1979.

Clinton said an independent review board did single out several State Department employees for what the board felt was inadequately carrying out their duties – but the board didn’t find any breach or dereliction of duty.

Four senior State Department officials were put on paid leave after the board said security at the Benghazi mission on the night of the attacks was “grossly inadequate.”

After a review, the department reassigned three officials to positions of lesser responsibility, and one official resigned.

Pompeo says his constituents don’t think that amounts to “accountability.”

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