The last few days have been exciting for Hillary Clinton — and the peacock network. Saturday saw her taking part in the 41st SNL season premiere, appearing as a bartender named Val in a cheeky sketch, cracking jokes about Trump — and even herself in which she acknowledged her hesitation to oppose the Keystone pipeline project and support marriage equality. But by Monday morning’s appearance in a town hall on NBC’s Today show, the laughter appeared to have worn off. When asked about how she’d handle GOP leaders facing scrutiny over their own governmental email use, a visibly angry Clinton tore into the Republican-led select committee on Benghazi. “They chose to exploit, to go after me for political reasons: the death of four Americans in Benghazi.” Clinton said. “I knew the ambassador. I identified him. I asked him to go there.” Clinton’s impassioned self-defense referenced comments from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) that implied the committee was more focused on damaging Clinton’s campaign than investigating the 2012 attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya. Benghazi has long been used as a point of attack against Clinton, but McCarthy’s comments have made it possible for her to fight back. She also called for a broadening of background checks on people who are attempting to purchase guns. “How much longer can we just shrug?” she asked.
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