Select Committee on Benghazi

From Fitzmas to Benghazi
Error and incompetence loom large in human affairs

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives to testify before a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing in October 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The release of an 800-page report by the Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi reminded me of that glorious day of celebration called Fitzmas .  

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In the End, Gowdy Declines to Assign Blame for Benghazi
Clinton says the House report adds nothing new

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, discusses the Committee's report on the 2012 attacks in Libya that killed four Americans. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., also appears. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As House Republicans on Tuesday released their long-awaited report detailing the events surrounding the deadly 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, they refused to assign blame to any individual and said the 800-page report should speak for itself.   

"I’m not in the business of apportioning culpability. I think there’s enough to go around," Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said at a news conference.  

Democrats' Benghazi Report Seeks to Shield Clinton from Blame
Release pre-empts Republican-led report expected to hit Clinton hard over terror attack

Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., spar during a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing in October. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never denied requests for additional security at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that was overrun by militants in 2012, Democrats said in a finding that pre-empted the release of a Republican-led report on the deadly attack.  

In their own report , the Democratic members of the Select Committee on Benghazi found that State Department security measures at the doomed government compound were inadequate, but sought to shield Clinton, the party's presumptive presidential nominee, from direct blame.