WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the House GOP Benghazi report, released Tuesday (all times local):
House Benghazi committee Republicans are imploring Americans to read their report as they unveil it at a news conference at the Capitol.
Chairman Trey Gowdy insists the report contains new information that should reshape views of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 that killed four Americans. He says reading it “pillar to post” would take less time than Americans spent fighting for their lives that night.
The 800-page report faults the military for its slow response sending resources to Benghazi despite clear orders from the president on down.
But Democrats, who released their own report on Monday to pre-empt the GOP version, say Republicans have been on a political witch hunt against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton without uncovering anything new.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is slamming Republicans in Congress over the final report of their investigation of the deadly 2012 attacks on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
Spokesman Brian Fallon says in a statement the report has “not found anything to contradict the conclusions of the multiple, earlier investigations.”
Fallon says that’s evidence the House Benghazi Committee’s chief goal was to politicize the deaths of four people killed in the attack “in order to try to attack the Obama administration and hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”
Fallon says the way in which the committee released the report shows the GOP members of the committee “are clearly seeking to avoid any fact-checking of their discredited conspiracy theories.”
Republicans on the panel released the report a day after Democrats presented their own version, highlighting the deeply partisan nature of the inquiry.
A report by the House Benghazi panel is faulting the military for its slow response sending resources to Benghazi, Libya, during deadly 2012 attacks on a U.S. outpost — despite clear orders from President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Republicans on the Benghazi committee released the 800-page report Tuesday on the attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
The panel’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, says “nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost eight hours after the attacks began.”
Gowdy says the Libyan forces that evacuated Americans from the CIA annex in Benghazi were not affiliated with any of the militias the CIA or State Department had developed a relationship with during the previous 18 months.