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Congressman: New Benghazi Report Is Attack On Clinton

| by Nik Bonopartis
President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a "transfer of remains" ceremony for Benghazi victims in 2012.President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a "transfer of remains" ceremony for Benghazi victims in 2012.

A congressional committee report that revealed new details about the 2012 Benghazi attack was orchestrated to hurt Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, a California Democrat said.

Rep. Xavier Becerra called the report, released on June 28, an attempt to "reduce Secretary Clinton's poll numbers as she runs for president."

The report by the House Select Committee on Benghazi won't fundamentally change the way lawmakers and Americans understand the 2012 attack, which took the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, according to The Hill.

But the report includes details that aren't flattering for Clinton, and Republicans are expected to seize on some of those details during the general election.

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Instead of focusing on Clinton's alleged shortcomings during the attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in the Libyan city, the committee report faulted Clinton and other State Department officials for failing to see the warning signs, and failing to take appropriate precautions during the power vacuum created by the death of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

“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 reads. “The intelligence on which Kennedy and the secretary were briefed daily was clear and pointed -- Al Qa’ida, al Qa’ida 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 also seemed to confirm that Clinton knew the Benghazi attack was an organized effort involving terror groups, and said the then-secretary of state privately told government officials and family members it was a terror attack.

But publicly, Clinton said the attack was an organic, spur-of-the-moment response to an anti-Islamic YouTube video, "Innocence of Muslims."

During a campaign stop in Denver on June 28, Clinton said the newly released report "took on a partisan tinge," and said it was time to move on.

Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Clinton, said the report relied on "discredited 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," Fallon said.

Sources: The Hill (2), Daily Mail / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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