Clinton Campaign Tries to Own Benghazi on Twitter

Hillary Clinton's campaign is using Twitter to support the candidate during her crucial testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Twitter

From the beginning of her remarks before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, it was clear that Hillary Clinton was speaking to the electorate, not Congress. Realizing the stakes for her presidential campaign, Clinton spoke of the importance of American involvement in unstable regions and even referenced the Reagan administration as she explained the State Department practices that sent four American diplomats into a dangerous region.

Clinton's statement reflected a strategy of turning the investigation from negative to positive publicity. A Twitter handle (@Briefing2016) launched by the Clinton campaign posted live updates from the hearing, with quotes from journalists and Clinton backers, and was temporarily renamed "The Benghazi Hearing."

As Democratic ranking member Elijah Cummings alluded to during his opening remarks, the context of the hearing is unprecedented, with a front-running presidential candidate answering questions about her actions from four years prior (in 2012, Mitt Romney campaigned on criticizing the administration's response to Benghazi). It's perhaps equally unprecedented for a political campaign to use a Congressional hearing to try to drum up support and make the case for its candidate. Whoever started it, the latest investigation into the Benghazi tragedy has reached the point where anyone urging to avoid politicization is making a moot point.

Trey Gowdy cancelled interviews with DoD and CIA officials in favor of interviews with @HillaryClinton campaign staffers. #BenghaziCommittee

— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 22, 2015

"Republicans are squandering millions of taxpayer dollars on this abusive effort to derail Sec. Clinton's campaign." - Cummings, dominating

— Adam Jentleson 🎈 (@AJentleson) October 22, 2015

So far, every question Gowdy has asked at benghazi committee hearing been answered by the earlier congress reports.

— Kurt "Wear a Mask" Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) October 22, 2015