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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: Clinton Faked Emotion To Evade My Questions

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said this afternoon that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "planned" her emotional response to his questions about Benghazi. 
"I'm not sure she had rehearsed for that type of question," Johnson told BuzzFeed Wednesday afternoon, after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. "I think she just decided before she was going to describe emotionally the four dead Americans, the heroes, and use that as her trump card to get out of the questions. It was a good way of getting out of really having to respond to me."  He said it was clear, at other points during the hearing, that Clinton was working off a set of talking points, but that his questions "got under her skin" because "they're just so common sense." "I just don't think she had an answer to that," he said. "Maybe it embarrassed her. Maybe she hadn't thought of it that way." He went on to criticize Clinton for ostensibly taking "full responsibility" for the State Department's handling of the attacks, but then continuing to avoid questions with "theatrics." "She allowed politics to trump getting to the facts," he said.

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