Hillary Clinton defends State Department record amid criticism

(Reuters) – Hillary Clinton, a likely U.S. presidential candidate in 2016, on Wednesday defended her time as secretary of state as Republican criticism of her time in government mounts.

Clinton told a forum of the American Jewish Committee advocacy group that she played a key role in securing U.N. sanctions on Iran in 2010 to try to halt its nuclear ambitions.

“I worked for months to round up the votes,” she said in the first of three speeches she is giving in Washington this week.

Scrutiny of her time as America’s top diplomat has grown after Republicans in the House of Representatives announced a select committee to look into the 2012 assault in Benghazi, Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others.

And Clinton has been attacked because the State Department on her watch did not designate Nigeria’s Boko Haram group – which recently kidnapped hundreds of girls – as terrorists.