Benghazi Report Says Hillary Clinton Should Have Known About the Risks of Attack
A long-anticipated, costly report into the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that left four Americans dead was finally released Tuesday.
The 800-page report released by the House Select Committee on Benghazi found no wrongdoing on the part of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
But it did state that intelligence had suggested an attack was possible and that both Clinton and Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy should have realized the dangers. It also criticized what was described as the slow response following the attacks.
"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.
According to the report, which reportedly cost a whopping $7 million, Clinton had planned to visit Libya in 2012, but the trip was canceled.
Ambassador Chris Stevens, IT expert Sean Smith and former Navy Seals Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed in the attack on September 11, 2012.
While it was initially thought to be at the hands of an angry mob outraged by an anti-Muslim video made in the U.S., it was later found to be an act of terror.
In an addendum to Tuesday's report, Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mike Pompeo of Kansas criticized the administration's public explanation.
"Officials at the State Department, including Secretary Clinton, learned almost in real time that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist attack," they wrote. "With the presidential election just 56 days away, rather than tell the American people the truth and increase the risk of losing an election, the administration told one story privately and a different story publicly."
After the report was released, the Clinton presidential campaign said it was aimed to "politicize the deaths of four brave Americans."
"After more than two years and more than $7 million in taxpayer funds, the Committee report has not found anything to contradict the conclusions of the multiple, earlier investigations," it said in a statement.
Clinton responded to the report at a campaign event in Denver on Tuesday.
"I think it's pretty clear it's time to move on," said.