Yesterday the Select Committee on Benghazi’s Democratic minority issued a 345 page report accusing Republican congressmen of conduction an expensive, partisan, and skewed investigation into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi attack.
Yet the Democratic report itself is a distorted, blatantly political document.
The Democratic report slams the Republican majority for spending more than $7 million dollars on the investigation. One is reminded of Dr. Evil’s ransom demand of “one MILLION dollars” in the Austin Powers movie. Seven million dollars barely pays for an Obama vacation these days.
Even more telling is the report’s several mentions of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
What does Donald Trump have to do with the events in Benghazi? Or with the congressional investigation? Nothing, of course. Yet somehow Trump is relevant in the Democratic report.
In fact, it appears that the Democrats could hardly wait to mention Trump. His name first appears in the executive summary, on p. 8.
“During our hearing with Secretary Clinton,” the report states. “Rep. Pompeo argued that the Select Committee had obtained “over 600 requests” for security from Benghazi, but he refused to provide the evidence for his claim. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took up this allegation himself, claiming: “Look at Benghazi, our ambassador. He wired her 500 or 600 times asking for help.”
Trump appears again on pages 135-6.
Republicans have repeatedly accused Secretary Clinton of personally and knowingly endangering the lives of the four Americans killed in Benghazi. These accusations are based on no evidence, or evidence that is unsubstantiated or distorted, and they are often cloaked in extreme rhetoric that has no basis in fact. These accusations have also been used as part of the presidential campaign and by Republican candidates for president. For example…presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stated: “Then, instead of taking charge that night, Hillary Clinton decided to go home and sleep. Incredible.”
Wow. That’s some evidence of bias on the part of the Trey Gowdy committee!
And pages 143-3.
“Nevertheless, Republicans have spent years trying to find Secretary Clinton personally at fault for the Benghazi attacks. Select Committee Republicans expanded the scope of the investigation to cover more than a year prior to the attacks in order to try to link Secretary Clinton’s advocacy for military intervention in Libya in 2011 to the Benghazi attacks in September 2012. This argument has been adopted on the 2016 presidential campaign trail. For example, in October 2015, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had the following exchange on NBC’s Meet the Press….”
Thank goodness we have Congressmen like these to tell us that Republicans, including Trump, have been critical of Clinton’s botched handling of the security arrangements for the diplomatic compound, her inexcusable nonfeasance during the crisis, and her repeated lies about the causes of the attack.
And it’s the majority’s report that’s politically motivated. Oh, please.
Follow the link below for the full report