June 28, 2016

Benghazi Report Confirms Clinton Knew Risks And Did Nothing

This morning, the House Select Committee on Benghazi released its long-awaited report. According to the committee, the new 800-page report is the result of an investigation including 81 new witnesses and 75,000 pages of new documents.

In short, the report argues that Secretary Clinton should have known the risks of what transpired at the diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador.

[The report] does argue that intelligence was available suggesting an attack was possible and Clinton and a top aide, Patrick Kennedy, should have realized the risks posed to the Benghazi mission by extremist groups.

“It is not clear what additional intelligence would have satisfied either Kennedy or the Secretary in understanding the Benghazi mission compound was at risk — short of an attack,” the report says.

Unsurprisingly, Clinton’s private email account plays a role in the report as well. It was Clinton’s exclusive use of a homebrew server that allowed Clinton, the State Department, and the Obama administration to stonewall the committee’s efforts to fully investigate the tragedy. Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy addresses this directly:

“What may appear at first blush to be a lack of competence on behalf of the State Department now appears fully intentional and coordinated,” according to an exclusive copy of a part of the report that alleges the administration stonewalled Gowdy’s probe. “Delaying the production of documents sought by letter, informal request or subpoena has decided political advantages for those opposing the investigation.”

Gowdy also highlights the fact that Clinton “erroneously” blamed a video for the attacks, despite ample evidence that that was not true. “When given a chance to tell the truth to the American people, she did the opposite,” Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) said in a joint statement.

Additional new details include a finding that Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, directly influenced the findings of a prior Benghazi review board, effectively tainting the results and preventing it from acting “independently.” The National Security Council also stonewalled questions about the Obama Administration covertly selling arms to Libyan rebels.