Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, led the report on the 2012 terror attack that killed four Americans. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Here’s what we know now that the House Benghazi Committee has issued its final report: Libya had descended into chaos in September 2012. Benghazi, in particular was a no man’s land. And there’s no evidence that, once the assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi began, there was anything U.S. forces could have done to prevent terrorists from murdering four Americans.
That’s exactly what we knew when the State Department’s Accountability Review Board issued its report on December 19, 2012 — two months after the attacks and nearly four years ago. It’s also what we knew when Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate and House foreign relations committees in January 2013, when several House and Senate committees concluded investigations into the tragedy in the last Congress and throughout Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy’s leak-as-you-go probe.