After a long and costly two-year investigation, the House Republicans haven't found any new evidence of wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton leading up to the Benghazi terror attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.
The inquiry into the controversial attacks has gotten press due to its relation to Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Although the report doesn’t explicitly point to Clinton as the reason for the investigation, it does say that she was involved because she and other government officials did not accurately measure the risks of the situation. The report also agreed with previous findings that concluded that United States military was capable of reaching the scene of attack. However, nowhere in the 800 page report is there specific information that further criminalizes Clinton.
CNN reports that Republican Representatives, Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Jim Jordan of Ohio, told Chris Cuomo Tuesday on CNN's "News Day” that "[t]he overall report, it's about the facts, what happened…But Mr. Pompeo and I thought it was important to ask the questions. Why were we still in Benghazi when almost every other country had left? Why did we stay in Benghazi when the security situation was so terrible, so dangerous? And why did the administration mislead us?"
The fact that Clinton used a personal email server during the time of the Benghazi attack caused even greater scrunity and investigation into her involvement. One dramatic moment in the investigation occurred in October of 2015, when Clinton testified for over 8 hours—even after she had already admitted her wrongdoings in how she handled the attacks. Her testimony did not provide much revelation, and The New York Times reports that many regarded it as an embarrassment to the Republican party, a sentiment that is also felt by Democrats following this new Benghazi report:
“More than two years and more than $7 million in taxpayer funds, the Committee report has not found anything to contradict the conclusions of the multiple, earlier investigations,” said a spokesperson for the Clinton campaign in a statement that was reported by the Times.
This opinion is also shared amongst many Democrats, who view the extensive research and funds into Clinton’s time as Secretary of State as a waste of taxpayer money. Furthermore, the lack of any finite evidence further backs the Democratic allegations that the House Benghazi Report was merely created to disrupt and hinder Clinton’s presidential efforts.