Politicians react to new Benghazi report released by Republicans
WASHINGTON D.C. (KUSI) — House Republicans released a report Tuesday concerning the Benghazi attacks on September 11, 2012.
The report outlines what happened in the days following the fall of Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The focus of the report was on the failure of diplomacy in preventing the attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and private contractors.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest criticized the report on the behalf of the president.
Earnest said more reports have been issued concerning Benghazi than 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Pearl Harbo.
After the Benghazi report was released, the two presumptive presidential nominees decided to weigh in on it.
Although the report did not have any so-called "bombshells" in it, some Democrats are saying the report was another political attack on Hillary Clinton.
While Clinton was Secretary of State, four Americans were killed in Libya, drawing national attention to possible mishandling of information by the Federal Government.
Clinton had to testify twice before Congress, once when she was Secretary of State and once last year.
This new report did not fault Clinton specifically for the attack, instead the report served more as an outline of events that happened, as well as highlighting the belief that diplomacy and foreign policy mistakes were made in response to the attacks on the U.S. ambassador and his security detail.
Democrats said there were no new findings in this report.
But Republicans are saying something different.
In the report, it did mention there were requests for more security in Libya in the days following the fall of Prime Minister Gaddafi.
No security details or military personnel were deployed to the area. As crime rates and attacks sky-rocketed in the area, more security requests were sent and once again, were denied by state department officials.
What is clear from this report is that Democrats and Republicans did not agree on it.
Clinton responded to this report, as well as the chairman of the committee that has been investigating Benghazi, Representative Trey Gowdy.
Donald Trump did respond to the report on Twitter saying, "Benghazi is just another Hillary Clinton failure. It just never seems to work the way it’s supposed to with Clinton."
The report was around 800 pages long and it took two years for it to be completed.
No Democrats were included on this investigative panel.