House Benghazi committee’s final report upbraids Clinton, Obama

Four years following the September 2012 attack on two American outposts in Benghazi, one which left an American Ambassador dead, the U.S. House Select Committee on Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi released its final account of their investigation Tuesday.

The 802-page report lambastes both President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Censuring the State Department, the Pentagon and the CIA, among the committee’s revelations: (a) the White House appeared determined to link the attacks to the “Innocence of Muslims” video despite no evidence to support the charge; (b) despite an authorization from the president, a relief force based in Spain was never ordered to deploy to Benghazi; (c) former U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, repeatedly offered false statements about the attacks; (d) Clinton aide Cheryl Mills’ dominance over State’s Accountability Review Board cast doubt on the impartiality of its findings; and (e) the Obama White House repeatedly stonewalled the committee’s request for testimony and documents related to the attacks.

The committee also revealed the ground assistance defenders of both American complexes received was from militias loyal to deposed Libyan strongman, Colonel Muammar Qadhafi, and both the State Department and Clinton were aware the compound in Benghazi was vulnerable to attack and inadequately defended.

In a 48-page addendum, two Republican members, Reps. Jim Jordan (OH) and Mike Pompeo (KS) sought to underline former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s role in the debacle.

Drawing conclusions to single out Clinton, the two wrote:

“What we did find was a tragic failure of leadership – in the run-up to the attack and the night of – a and an administration that, so blinded by politics and its desire to win an election, disregarded a basic duty of government: Tell the people the truth.  And for those reasons, Benghazi is and always will be, an American tragedy.”

Jordan and Pompeo’s addendum was likely penned in response to the Democrats’ independent report released earlier in the week, which sought to exonerate the party’s presumptive nominee as the convention approaches.  In that report, Clinton is absolved for not taking adequate security measures and blame is heaped at the feet of Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Programs for Diplomatic Security, Charlene Lamb.

Responding to the release of the report, Hillary Clinton said:  “I’ll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it’s pretty clear it’s time to move on.”

 

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