01/24/2013 08:55 am ET Updated Jan 24, 2013

Soledad O'Brien Grills Ron Johnson Over Reaction To Hillary Clinton Benghazi Testimony (VIDEO)

Soledad O'Brien grilled Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.),Thursday morning after he engaged in a heated exchange with Sec. of State Hillary Clinton during a senatorial hearing on Benghazi.

In interviews with other news outlets, Johnson suggested that Clinton grew emotional while discussing the four Americans who were killed in Benghazi as a way to avoid answering certain questions. "I think she just decided before she was going to describe emotionally the four dead Americans, the heroes, and 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," he said in an interview with Buzzfeed.

On CNN's "Starting Point," O'Brien grilled Johnson on his line of questioning during Clinton's hearing. Speaking of the administration's reaction to the attack on Benghazi, he said, "They were playing election politics, no doubt about it."

"Well some could argue that you're playing politics too," O'Brien said. After re-reading Johnson's quote from Buzzfeed, she said, "It sounds to me like you're saying [Clinton's reaction was] faked."

"Maybe I shouldn't have speculated," Johnson said. O'Brien continued to press Johnson on his comments. "You accused her of crying and getting emotional as a way to get out [of answering your questions]," O'Brien said.

"No, I did not," Johnson pressed. "I did not accuse her of crying ... I was responding to a question, Soledad. I probably speculated and I shouldn't have."

(h/t Mediaite)



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