Op-Ed: Republican committee clears Hillary on Benghazi

Posted Nov 23, 2014 by Robert Weller
Less than a month after Republicans swept the nation, in lightly turned out election, their most feared enemy, Hillary Clinton, has gotten a boost. And it came from the GOP.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Forei...
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
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A House committee set up by Republican Speaker John Boehner has cleared the CIA and then Secretary of State Clinton.
The report was released by Trey Godway, Republican of South Carolina.
Specificially, the report said the CIA had not intimidated agency employees to shut them up.
For months attacks on Clinton and the CIA led newscasts, fed by talking points created by the Republican Party.
The two-year report said: the CIA “without a requirement to do so, ably and bravely assisted the State Department on the night of the attacks…Their actions saved lives.” The report also denied there was an intelligence failure.
“We concluded that all the CIA officers in Benghazi were heroes,” the ranking Republican of the committee, Rep. Mike Rogers (Mich.) and ranking Democrat Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.), said in a jointly issued statement, the Wasthington Post said.
Committee member Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), said he hoped “this report will put to rest many of the questions that have been asked and answered yet again” about the Benghazi attacks.
Republicans, including potential presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul had predicted the investigation would destroy Clinton’s presidential bid. Eight investigations later it is growing stale.
The media feeding frenzy, which is not entirely partisan, was not likely to end with the report. FOX news pushed for a separate Senate report. But there likely will be tastier things that bring bigger reviews, particularly concerning immigration and a possible government shutdown.
“The effort to turn the Benghazi tragedy into a political scandal never had a factual basis,” said David Brock, founder of Correct the Record, a group that defends Mrs. Clinton in the news media, and author of the e-book “The Benghazi Hoax.”
“The Republican committee report should close the case,” he added. “If the scandal persists into 2016, it will only be for partisan reasons,” he told the New York Times.