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Hillary Clinton 'Willing' to Testify Before Benghazi Committee

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a forum sponsored by the Center for American Progress in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Clinton said Thursday that voters need to turn pay inequity and women's economic security into a political movement in the November elections and beyond, pointing to an issue that could animate a future presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)Molly Riley / AP

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Hillary Clinton is “willing” to testify before the House select committee on Benghazi, according to Democrats on the panel.

No formal invitation has been sent for Clinton’s testimony, according to an aide, but ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings – at Republican chairman Trey Gowdy’s request -- started discussions with Clinton about a public appearance last year.

Clinton was prepared to appear as early as last December, said Democrats, but Gowdy delayed the testimony, citing the need to obtain additional documents.

Gowdy has not yet scheduled a public hearing.

“Chairman Gowdy has always said we look forward to the Secretary¹s appearance as soon as practical after State produces documents responsive to Committee requests," Amanda Duvall, a spokeswoman for Gowdy, told NBC.

Clinton has previously testified about the Benghazi attacks before both Senate and House committees. The House Select Committee on Benghazi was formed in May 2014.

While the panel’s work started with promises of bipartisan cooperation, disagreements about access to witnesses and document preparation have flared in recent weeks.

- Frank Thorp and Carrie Dann

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