The House Select Committee on Benghazi released an 800-page report on Tuesday, filled with new criticism of the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
While the report does not offer a new understanding of the attacks in Benghazi, its analysis includes details that are sure to be used by critics of the administration to attack Clinton during the general election.
The report directly attacks Clinton for her actions before and after the night of the attack. The report concludes that Clinton and other officials did not heed concerns about growing extremism in Benghazi and other parts of Libya.
“It it is not clear what additional intelligence would have satisfied either [Undersecretary of Management Patrick] Kennedy or the secretary in understanding the Benghazi Mission compound was at risk — short of an attack,” the report said.
“The intelligence on which Kennedy and the secretary were briefed daily was clear and pointed — Al Qa’ida, al Qa’iada like groups, and other regional extremists took refuge in the security vacuum created by the Libya government and its inability to take command of the security situation.”
The report accuses Clinton of knowing blaming the violence and other protests on an anti-Muslim video.
Clinton told Egypt’s prime minister that U.S. officials “know that the attack in Libya had not do with the film.”
“It was a planned attack — not a protest,” she added.
In public, Clinton and other officials blamed the violence on the video multiple times in the days following the attacks.
The Clinton campaign responded the to report calling it a partisan attack filled with conspiracy theories. “The Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee are finishing their work in the same, partisan way that we’ve seen from them since the beginning,” Clinton campaign Brian Fallon said in a statement.
“In refusing to issue its report on a bipartisan basis, the Committee is breaking from the precedent set by other Congressional inquiries into the Benghazi attacks. And in leaking out select portions from their report in the middle of the night, without even allowing some of the committee’s own members to see it, the Republican members are clearly seeking to avoid any fact-checking of their discredit, conspiracy theories,” Fallon said.
Fallon noted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-California) comments last year saying that the Benghazi was designed to drag down Clinton’s poll numbers.
“This report just confirms what Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and even one of Trey Gowdy’s own former staffers admitted months ago: this Committee’s chief goal is to politicize the deaths of four brave Americans in order to try to attack the Obama administration and hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” Fallon said.