The House Benghazi Committee it set to release its full congressional report before the summer, but leaders of the committee have said Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack in 2012, will not be the sole focus of the review.
"This investigation and the committee’s final report is about the four brave Americans we lost in Libya, getting the truth for their families and all Americans, and conducting effective congressional oversight to prevent what happened in Benghazi from happening again," Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, Republican Rep. Troy Gowdy of South Carolina said in a statement, LawNewz reports.
According to Gowdy, the report will shed light on "new facts that significantly impact our understanding of what happened before, during, and after Benghazi." These "new facts," however, may not involve Clinton.
"Anyone looking for a report focused on the former Secretary of State will be disappointed," Gowdy said. "This investigation is not about her, and the report will not be about her either. She is an important witness whose decisions impacted virtually all aspects of Benghazi, but she is a single witness among the soon to be 100 interviewed by the committee."
But the partisan controversies that have plagued the Benghazi committee continued as Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland released a statement on May 8 once again condemning Republicans for continuing its investigation, which many Democrats claim is a witch hunt meant to harm Clinton's chances of winning the presidency.
"Republicans have now spent more than two years and nearly $7 million of taxpayer funds for the illegitimate purpose of bringing down Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers, as Kevin McCarthy admitted," Cummings said in the statement. "The Select Committee has discovered no new evidence that contradicts the core findings of the previous bipartisan and independent investigations.
" ... Two years ago, I decided to participate in this investigation because we needed someone in the room to defend the truth. Two years and millions of dollars later, Republicans have lost any semblance of credibility as they continue to drag this out as close as they can to the election. Republicans should release the transcripts, stop squandering taxpayer dollars, and shut down this disgraceful partisan charade before it does even more harm."