TODAY | January 24, 2013
>>> secretary of state hillary clinton returns to capitol hill with heated questions about the terror attack on benghazi , libya. andrea hitmitchell has this story.
>> introduce iing john kerry to the senate confirmation hearing he chaired. it's a safe bet he will get a better reception than the hostile reception they gave hillary clinton on benghazi . after nearly five hours of gruelling testimony, clinton showed rare public emotion talking about the deaths of ambassador chris stevens and three others in benghazi .
>> for me, this is not just a matter of policy, it's personal. i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag drape caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters and the lives left alone to raise their children.
>> she took the blame for the tragedy.
>> i take responsibility and nobody is more committed to getting this right.
>> her republican critics wanted to know what she knew and when she knew it.
>> the american people deserve to know answers. they certainly don't deserve false answers.
>> asking why repeated security warnings were ignored. eeb a cable ambassador stevens sent her september 11th , the day of the attack.
>> these officials were screaming out for more security.
>> had i been president at the time and i found you did not read the cables from benghazi , you did not read the cables from ambassador stevens, i would have relieved you from your post. i think it's inexcusable.
>> at times, clinton fired back.
>> when you have a united states ambassador personally warning about the situation over there, sending this cable to your office --
>> if i could -- one point -- 4 million cables a year come to the state department and all addressed to me.
>> we were misled there were supposedly protests and something sprang out of that, assault sprang out of that.
>> the fact is we have four dead americans. was it because of a protest or guys out for a walk that decided they would go kill some americans. what difference at this point does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.
>> still, even some republicans acknowledged this won't be clinton 's last act in politics.
>> i wish you the best in your future endeavors, mostly.
>> but one republican senator even suggested that clinton had been faking the emotion that she displayed. that's a sign they may well try to keep the benghazi controversy alive if she runs for president. clinton still leaves office next week more popular than any other modern secretary of state except colin powell .