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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:15 pm | Updated: 12:19 pm, Wed Sep 25, 2013.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top diplomat in Libya has been telling members of Congress today about a 2 a.m. phone call from then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the middle of the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

The call came amid confusion about the fate of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and fears about the safety of additional American personnel.

Gregory Hicks says Clinton asked him what was going on, and that he briefed her on developments -- mostly dealing with the search for Stevens. He says he told Clinton that Americans in Benghazi would have to be evacuated -- and that she said that was the right thing to do.

Hicks recounted what he called the saddest phone call of his life -- getting word from a Libyan official that Stevens had been killed. Three other Americans also died.

Today's hearing is the latest development in a long-running dispute between the administration and congressional Republicans who have challenged the White House actions before and after the deadly assault.

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227-a-09-(Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, during House Oversight and Government Reform committee hearing)-"we're under attack"-Former Deputy Chief of Mission Gregory Hicks, who was in Tripoli at the time of the attack, says he got two calls when things went bad in Benghazi -- one from Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died shortly after. (8 May 2013)

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230-a-13-(Congressman Darrell Issa EYE'-suh), R-Calif., chairman, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, during hearing)-"committee's work work"-House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa says the public needs to hear the witnesses recount what happened. (8 May 2013)

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229-a-19-(Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, testifying before House Oversight and Government Reform Committee)-"thing to do"-Former Deputy Chief of Mission Gregory Hicks says he discussed the situation with Secretary of State Clinton during an early-morning phone call. (8 May 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Gregory Hicks headshot, former deputy chief of US mission in Libya, testifying before US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing investigating attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Washington, DC, graphic element on gray (8 May 2013)

APPHOTO DCCO102: Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's hearing on the deadly assault of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi in Washington, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Hicks described a 2 a.m. call from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the middle of the assault, amid confusion about the fate of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and fears about the safety of additional American personnel. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (8 May 2013)

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APPHOTO DCCO106: Congressional staffers stand along the walls of the hearing room where the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's hearing on Benghazi is being held on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. House Republicans insist the Obama administration is covering up information about the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year, rejecting administration assurances to the contrary and stoking a controversy with implications for the 2016 presidential race.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (8 May 2013)

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