A day later, Washington and Wisconsin are still talking about the tense exchange between U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday over the deadly attacks in Benghazi.
Clinton got visibly frustrated over Johnson's line of questioning, about why administration officials didn't clarify the circumstances of the attack through a phone call to evacuated U.S. diplomatic staff immediately afterward.
"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," Clinton told Johnson. "Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?”
After the hearing, Johnson told Buzzfeed that he thought Clinton's emotional response were pre-planned "theatrics," that she would "use that as her trump card to get out of the questions. It was a good way of getting out of really having to respond to me."
But Thursday morning, under withering questioning from CNN's Soledad O'Brien, Johnson seemed to walk back that assertion, calling it speculation.
"It sounds to me like you're saying a lot of that was just faked," O'Brien said.
"I was responding to a question, maybe I shouldn't have speculated," Johnson said.
Watch the video, courtesy of Talking Points Memo: