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Hilary Clinton commented on Tuesday, the House Select Committee’s 800 pages report on Benghazi’s attack in 2012, “found nothing” new and “it is pretty clear it is time to move on,” Dylan Stableford writes in YahooNews.
“I read the report on Benghazi that was released today,” the presumptive Democratic nominee said while at the campaign in Denver.
“I have said from the beginning that nothing is more important than the safety and security of our diplomats and development officials who go into dangerous places around the world. And I said this when I testified for 11 hours, that no one has thought more about or lost more sleep over the lives that we lost, the four Americans, which was devastating,” Clinton stated.
New report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi has 800 pages and it was released on Thursday morning, while the Democratic minority released its own report on Monday, NBC News reports, saying they obtained 175-page section of the full report.
The Associated Press writes, Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee “harshly faulted the Obama administration Tuesday for lax security and a slow response to the deadly 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya.”
But, as media report, new document does not produce new allegations about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the representative Trey Gowdy; the panel’s chairman said the report was not for her, although Democrats said the Republicans are targeting Clinton with the investigation.
“The report from the two-year, $7 million investigation severely criticized the military, CIA and administration officials for their response at the attacks from September 11, 2012,” the AP says.
The report documents the U.S. was slow to send help to the Americans, “because of an obsession with hurting the Libyan’s feelings,” Gowdy explained. Military leaders have testified on the lack of the intelligence information to respond on time to the two attacks. Clinton’s campaign reacted the report it had “not found anything to contradict the conclusions of the multiple, earlier investigations.”
Democrats released their own report on Monday in which stated, “while the State Department measures in Benghazi the night of September 11, 2012, were ‘woefully inadequate,’ Clinton never personally turned down a ask for more security.” According to their version of the events, “the military could not have done anything differently that night to save the lives of the Americans.”
Gowdy, R-S.C. said to reporters that eight hours after the two assaults began, “Not a single wheel of a single U.S. military asset had turned toward Libya.”
NBC News states, the report’s section devoted to the Benghazi assault concludes “the response to the attacks suffered from confusion and miscommunication circulating between agencies.” The panel interviews a total of 107 witnesses, including 81 never interviewed by Congress and nine eyewitnesses to the attacks, NBC News learns from the Republican committee, which reviewed new 75.000 pages of documents.
After the release of the new report, the State Department reacted with a statement explaining “the essential facts” of the attacks “have been known for some time,” and a subject of many reviews. Spokesman Mark Toner said the Department implemented most of the recommendations of the independent review board, while providing 50 current and former employees for interviews and over 100,000 pages of documents, the AP says.
Four, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, died on September 11, 2012, assault on the Benghazi outpost in Libya when Clinton was secretary of state.