Posted: 11:31 am Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
As Republicans on a special committee in the U.S. House rolled out their long awaited report on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, GOP lawmakers mainly took aim at security missteps by the Obama Administration, and for the most part avoided Hillary Clinton, setting out no new allegations against the former Secretary of State.
A press release detailing some of the “many new revelations” in the Benghazi investigation only mentioned Clinton’s name one time:
Asked by several reporters what the bottom line is on Clinton from the Benghazi probe, panel chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) refused to make any personal conclusions, repeatedly telling journalists to read the report.
“I’m asking you to read it, I’m not going to tell you what to be on the lookout for,” Gowdy said at a news conference.
“You’re the expert, so what do you think?” one reporter said to Gowdy about Clinton and the Benghazi attacks. “Do you think she lied?”
“You’re going to have to decide that for yourself,” Gowdy answered, as other GOP lawmakers echoed that approach.
“Look at the statements she made privately – you decide for yourself,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) added to reporters, arguing that Clinton said one thing in public and another thing in private about Benghazi.
Jordan though felt more strongly about Clinton, and took the extra step of issuing additional views on the probe – and that took aim at the former Secretary of State.
The reaction from Democrats was the expected response, that Republicans had produced a “conspiracy theory on steroids.”
You can read the report on the website of the Benghazi committee.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.