Diplomat’s Crucial Benghazi Testimony Heard Today

Source: John Parkinson / ABC News

The top deputy to the U.S. ambassador killed during the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi is set to deliver much-anticipated testimony today that could contradict the administration’s explanation of the deadly attack that took the lives of four Americans.

Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya, will appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform committee at 11:30 a.m. today. Hicks, a 22-year Foreign Service diplomat, became the highest-ranking civilian in Libya after U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in the attack, which the administration initially characterized as a spontaneous demonstration that turned into a violent attack.

Two other State Department officials — Mark Thompson, the acting deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism, and Eric Nordstrom, the diplomatic security officer and former regional security officer in Libya — will join Hicks at the hearing titled: “Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage.”

The officials are also expected to be quizzed by committee members about emails showing administration officials may have deliberately downplayed what had transpired just six weeks shy of the presidential election.

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