Benghazi Committee Releases Final Report (ABC News)
House Republicans on the Benghazi Select Committee released their long-awaited report this morning on the events surrounding the 2012 Libya terror attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
The report says there was intelligence leading up to the attacks that the diplomatic consulate and CIA annex there were not safe, and that top officials in the U.S. State Department, including Hillary Clinton and Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy , should have realized that.
It is also critical of top officials’ deliberations during the attack and the lack of troop mobilization as it unfolded.
In one detail revealed in the report, a U.S. military unit mobilized after the attack changed in and out of their uniforms and civilian outfits four times. The report also concluded that none of the military forces mobilized met required deployment timelines.
Clinton had planned to visit Libya in 2012, which were cancelled after the attacks, according to an email obtained by the committee.
Eighty new witness accounts, including nine eyewitnesses never interviewed before, will be included in this final congressional report on Benghazi. In all, the committee logged over 16,000 pages of transcripts.
The report refutes some findings of the previous investigations and focus on the fact that the administration initially blamed the attack on an anti-Muslim video.
“Benghazi, Libya, was a terrorist haven and so those folks who were involved in not protecting these Americans certainly should be held accountable,” committee member Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., told ABC News in an interview. “The folks who told a wolf tale, a lie in the aftermath of the attacks who told the American people a political tale about a YouTube video ought [to] also be accountable.”
The report described how officials, including Clinton, focused on the video in a high-level meeting the evening of the attack.
Democrats on the committee were not allowed to co-author this new report, but issued their own findings Monday: a 339-page report they say dispels “conspiracy theories” about the attack. In it, they quote former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, who testified to the committee he was still uncertain of what exactly motivated the attackers to storm the diplomatic compound.