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House Committee Set To Release Benghazi Attacks Findings

The lengthy report comes after a two-year investigation into the attacks on an American diplomatic mission in Libya.
Posted at 9:27 AM, Jun 28, 2016

House Republicans will release Tuesday the long-awaited report detailing what led to the terrorist attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya.

Prior to its release, several media outlets received portions of the report, prepared by the House Select Committee on Benghazi. According to CNN, there was available intelligence that "an attack was possible." NBC reports no military assets ordered by then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta were on their way to Benghazi at the time of the final attack.

The Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the American diplomatic mission and CIA compound killed Ambassador Stevens, two security contractors and a state department communications specialist.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi has been investigating the events surrounding the attacks, policies and decisions made by officials, including then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, since it was formed in 2014.

Democrats, who on Monday released their own minority report, have called the committee a "partisan ploy."

"What is impossible is for any reasonable person to continue denying that Republicans are squandering millions of taxpayer dollars on this abusive effort to derail Secretary Clinton's presidential campaign," said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) during the Oct. 22, 2015, hearing, which included Hillary Clinton's testimony.

Republicans have said the committee owes the victims and the American people the truth.

"The truth about what was happening and being discussed in Washington while our people were under attack. The truth about what led to the attack and the truth about what our government told the American people after the attacks," said select committee chair, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

The report is expected to be hundreds of pages and include interviews with 81 new witnesses.

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