GOP Benghazi Report Cites Failures In Intel Community
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2016 — Republicans and Democrats have released their separate, final versions of the House Benghazi investigation. The reports were completed at a cost of more than $7 million to properly investigate what happened there.
Each side places the blame for that fiasco on each other. Four Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, when extremists overran a consular compound and burned the consulate to the ground. The attack cost the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
The Republicans on the committee, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy announced the release of their 800-page report during a morning press conference.
The committee doesn’t blame then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally for what went wrong, but it concludes she did not properly address the risks to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. The report suggests that Ambassador Stevens bore responsibility for securing his compound. Gowdy says the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department failed in their duties to respond to the attack.
GOP Rep. Jim Jordan blames the attack on a failure of leadership. “The overall report, it’s about the facts, what happened,” Jordan told Chris Cuomo Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day.” “But Mr. Pompeo and I thought it was important to ask the questions. Why were we still in Benghazi when almost every other country had left? Why did we stay in Benghazi when the security situation was so terrible, so dangerous? And why did the administration mislead us?”