Benghazi Investigative Committee Quietly Disbands After $7.8 Million Spent On Clinton Witch Hunt

Having spent over $7.8 million over two and a half years, the special congressional committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi has officially disbanded.

The results of the witch hunt investigation showed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not guilty or responsible for the deaths of four Americans who died in the U.S. compound in Libya.

According to USA Today, the report clocks in at more than 322,000 words.

As many know, Republicans had hoped to use the tragic deaths as ammunition against Clinton during the presidential campaign.

In one sitting, she famously gave 11 unflappable hours of testimony before the special committee.

Ambassador Chris Stevens’ Family: We Do Not Blame Hillary Clinton For Benghazi

In the aftermath of the 800 page report by the Republican-led panel which investigated the attack on Benghazi, the sister of Ambassador Chris Stevens — one of the four American casualties from the September 11, 2012 attack on a compound in Benghazi, Libya — says that the fault does not lie with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Dr. Anne Stevens spoke to the New Yorker, and said, in part:

It is clear, in hindsight, that the facility was not sufficiently protected by the State Department and the Defense Department. But what was the underlying cause? Perhaps if Congress had provided a budget to increase security for all missions around the world, then some of the requests for more security in Libya would have been granted. Certainly the State Department is underbudgeted.

I do not blame Hillary Clinton or Leon Panetta. They were balancing security efforts at embassies and missions around the world. And their staffs were doing their best to provide what they could with the resources they had. The Benghazi Mission was understaffed. We know that now. But, again, Chris knew that. It wasn’t a secret to him. He decided to take the risk to go there. It is not something they did to him. It is something he took on himself.

Dr. Stevens went on to say about Hillary Clinton, “She has taken full responsibility, being head of the State Department, for what occurred. She took measures to respond to the review board’s recommendations. She established programs for a better security system.

“But it is never going to be perfect,” she admitted to The New Yorker. “I don’t see any usefulness in continuing to criticize her. It is very unjust.”

GOP-Led House Benghazi Panel Issues 800 Page Report – No Bombshell

Benghazi committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy

After two years and more than $7 million dollars, the GOP-led House investigation into the Benghazi attack of 2012 has concluded with no “bombshell” or new revelations.

CNN reports:

The more than 800-page report paints a picture of a perfect storm of bureaucratic inertia, rapidly worsening security in Libya and inadequate resources in the months that led up to the killings of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues on September 11, 2012.

The attack was initially thought to be perpetrated by an angry mob responding to a video made in the U.S. mocking Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, but the assault was later determined to be a terrorist attack — a finding Republicans accused the White House of covering up to protect President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects.

The House Benghazi Committee report doesn’t directly blame Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time and is now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for the attacks. But it does suggest she and other administration officials did not adequately address the risks involved. It also found Stevens himself bore responsibility for securing his post.

At the end of the day, House Republicans were unable to actually pin blame on Hillary Clinton for the attack. The most they could attach to Clinton was that she should have realized the situation in Libya was dangerous from available intelligence.

I’m guessing they mean that in the same way that President George W. Bush “should” have been able to avoid 9/11 after intelligence reports were available saying “Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US?”

Oddly, I don’t recall House Republicans holding investigations into Dubya’s culpability.

The Republican-run Congress spent more time investigating Benghazi than both 9/11 and the Iraq War combined, and yet thousands more Americans died in those conflicts.

Legendary Newsman Dan Rather On Hillary Clinton & The Benghazi Hearing

Legendary journalist Dan Rather posted this on Facebook regarding Hillary Clinton’s testimony this week at a Congressional hearing investigating the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi:

Hillary Clinton has done a lot in her life. But I think she likely cleared her path to the Democratic nomination for president, and maybe very well the Oval Office itself, by what she didn’t do. She didn’t lose her cool.

Her performance in a grueling marathon of a Congressional hearing on Benghazi (or more accurately on Clinton herself and maybe Sidney Blumenthal?) was one of poise, stoicism, self-confidence and maturity. Just the sort of attributes her questioners lacked. In the language of poker, she was drawing aces and the committee was drawing deuces. They might not admit it publicly, but even many Republican leaders know it’s true. Hillary Clinton is a stronger general election candidate today than she was before the hearing.

It has often been said that you vote for president with your heart more than your head. And I think for all the questions about Clinton’s record among the Democratic base, whether she is progressive enough on economic issues or too hawkish on foreign policy, the real sense of unease boiled down to intangible questions about her personality, values and character.

Yesterday assuaged many of those concerns. When combined with her recent debate performance and Biden deciding not to run, this is arguably one of the best stretches of her political career. Where are all those whither Hillary articles now? It is still early and a lot can still go wrong, but I believe this is the Hillary Clinton that so many Democrats wanted to love – tough, smart, unflappable, a woman who is ready to be president.

Hillary Clinton Laughs At Rep. Martha Roby’s “Home Alone All Night” Question

From Talking Points Memo:

There was one question at the Benghazi hearing that made Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton crack up in laughter Thursday.

Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the Benghazi attack, testified Thursday about the incident before the special House committee tasked with investigating it.

After hours of inquiries, a question from Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) made Clinton erupt with laughter.

“Who else was at your home, were you alone?” Roby asked.

“I was alone, yes,” Clinton replied.

“The whole night?” Roby asked.

“Well, yes, the whole night,” Clinton said, bursting with laughter.

“Well, I don’t know why that’s funny,” Roby said.

Clearly, asking a married woman if she was home alone “all night” is an awkward kind of question.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Pre-Empts Benghazi Hearing With Secretary Of State Highlight Reel

In advance of her upcoming appearance before a Congressional hearing regarding questions about the use of a private email server, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has released this spot highlighting her many accomplishments.

The video is a virtual “sizzle reel” of her work at the State Department that includes endorsements and testimonials from Cabinet officials and other high level politicos praising Clinton’s diplomatic work.

According to the Washington Post, the campaign will also organize public appearances and outreach by prominent surrogates to make a case this week that Clinton’s four years as secretary of state are anything but a liability.

It’s worth noting that although she left the State department with approval ratings well into the high 60%, Donald Trump (who previous to his own campaign praised her) now calls her tenure a disaster.

Second Republican Admits Benghazi Committee Aimed At Bringing Hillary Clinton Down

Rep. Richard Hanna of New Yor

A few weeks ago, House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy accidentally revealed that the GOP focus of the congressional committee “investigating” the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi is actually on bringing down Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy.

Now, another GOP lawmaker, Rep. Richard Hanna of Central New York, has admitted the same during a radio interview.

Via Syracuse.com:

“This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people – an individual: Hillary Clinton,” Hanna said in a live interview with Utica radio station WIBX (950 AM).

Clinton’s campaign responded, “Yet another House Republican has admitted the House Select Committee on Benghazi is a politically motivated sham intended to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”

In September, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., talked about the success of the committee’s investigation in hurting Clinton’s poll numbers. McCarthy later said he misspoke.

A former staffer for the Benghazi committee came forward this past weekend and claimed that the panel’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., fired him for not keeping the investigation focused on Clinton.

“Kevin McCarthy basically blew himself up with that comment over the Benghazi committee,” Hanna said, adding, “Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth.”

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An important message from Kevin McCarthy. No, not the Republican House Speaker-in-waiting. Another one. From Iowa.Posted by Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, October 7, 2015