House Benghazi Committee Officially Closes

| by Ray Brown
Hillary Clinton testifies at the Benghazi hearings.Hillary Clinton testifies at the Benghazi hearings.

The Benghazi Committee has come to an end, after years of highly partisan bickering over an investigation into why four Americans died in the terrorist attack.

“Our committee’s work is done,” said Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, according to The Hill. “I’ll say the same thing at the end I said at the beginning. It has been a privilege to investigate the service and the sacrifice of the four Americans who died and also those who in many regards [are] still now nameless and faceless to the American pubic, who displayed incredible heroism and valor during that time period.”

The Committee produced an 800-page report that provided details into the circumstances surrounding the 2012 attack, but did not come to a definitive conclusion about who is to blame, including Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time, reported USA Today.

Democrats have long-dismissed the Benghazi Committee as political theater aimed at destroying Clinton's chances to win the presidency in 2016.

“I’ve often said that whatever we do in this Congress must have credibility,” said Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland.

“It must be about the business of integrity and about the business of giving the American people what they’ve asked for,” he added. “But here we have another element, and that is that we have four families who lost some very, very grave, courageous and dedicated public servants.”

Although the Benghazi Committee will end, it will still try to influence the Obama administration over what to redact in the 800-page report, before it becomes public, according to The Hill.

Sources: The Hill, USA Today / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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