(CNN)-In Washington, a long-awaited House Committee hearing on last year's Benghazi, Libya terror attacks took place today.
Three state department employees -- Gregory Hicks, Mark Thompson and Eric Nordstrom -- briefed the committee on what happened during the September 11, 2012 attack that killed four Americans at the US diplomatic compound.
In their testimony, the men contradicted claims by Obama administration officials that the attack was initially assumed to be a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam film that turned violent.
Democrats again charged committee Republicans with trying to use the Benghazi issue for political gain.
They say Republicans are trying to run a "smear campaign" against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- who's considered a leading Democratic presidential prospect for the 2016 election.
During the hearing, Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina recalled Clinton's heated remarks in a previous hearing... By offering a heated remark of his own.
"If anyone wants to ask 'what difference does it make,' it always matters whether or not you can trust your government. And to the families, we're going to find out what happened in Benghazi, and I don't give a damn whose career is impacted. We're going to find out what happened."
The Chairman on the House oversight committee, Congressman Darrell Issa,
concluded the hearing by saying the investigation into how information
about the attack was handled is not over.
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