Hillary Clinton May Have To Answer For Benghazi In The Middle Of Her Presidential Campaign

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is proceeding full steam ahead, but there may be a roadblock: The report on the Benghazi incident may not release its findings until 2016, when Clinton is supposed to be running for president.

Clinton, who was secretary of state when terrorists in Benghazi, Libya, attacked several Americans, including an ambassador, was seriously criticized for not providing adequate security for the diplomatic compound and took the blame.

"Factors beyond the committee's control, including witness availability, compliance with documents requests, the granting of security clearances and accreditations — all of which are controlled by the Executive branch — could continue to impact the timing of the inquiry's conclusion,” Jamal Ware, spokesman for the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said in an email to NBC News.

Though Republicans blame Clinton and other Democrats for the delay, which panel Chairman Trey Gowdy said would finish by the end of 2015, Democrats think it’s an attack on Clinton. 

"Does anybody even remember anymore that we were supposed to be investigating the attacks in Benghazi?" Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the highest ranking Democrat on the committee, said in a statement. "With the Republicans' obsessive focus on Hillary Clinton, and their now stated intention to drag out this political charade until just months before the 2016 election, the Select Committee no longer bears any resemblance to its original purpose."

House Speaker John Boehner blamed President Barack Obama’s administration for the delay.

"[The Committee] could clean this up a whole lot quicker if the administration and former Secretary Clinton were in a position to actually cooperate with the committee and turn over the kind of information that we have been seeking for some time," Boehner told NBC News.

Sources: Think Progress, NBC News / Image via Brett Weinstein/Flickr