The Hill: House probe rejects Benghazi criticisms

Ben Kamisar of The Hill reports on the latest Benghazi report:

A nearly two-year House probe into the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stephens, counters many claims used by opponents of Obama administration to portray the incident as a White House failure.

It rejects assertions that the CIA was secretly shipping arms to Syria from Benghazi, that the CIA had ordered potential rescuers to stand down, and that the government bullied people into not testifying or speaking about the Benghazi attacks.

The House Intelligence Committee's findings do not place blame on the administration for failing during the attacks. However, they do assert that the State Department knew that it could not defend the Benghazi consulate from an “armed assault.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) told the Associated Press that he hopes the report “will put to rest many of the questions that have been asked and answered yet again.”

The House of Representatives convened a special committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks in May. That committee’s investigation is ongoing.

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By:  Ben Kamisar
Source: The Hill