Democrat says Abedin shouldn’t have been called to testify

Huma Abedin
Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, to testify before a closed-door hearing of the House Benghazi Committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Democrat on the House committee that is looking into the attacks in Benghazi, Libya is criticizing the decision by the Republican-led panel to call Huma Abedin to testify.

Abedin is a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton. She arrived this morning for what was expected to be several hours of questioning focusing on the September 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

During a break in the proceedings, Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland said there was no reason to call Abedin to testify. He said she had no “policy responsibilities” or “operational possibilities,” and that she wasn’t with Clinton on the night of the attacks.

Abedin is vice chairwoman of Clinton’s campaign. She was a top State Department aide when Clinton served as secretary of state.

The Benghazi panel is under intense scrutiny after two House Republicans suggested it’s aimed at hurting Clinton’s presidential bid.

Clinton herself is scheduled to testify on Thursday in public.

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