Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report
81 New Witnesses, 75,000 New Pages of Documents Reveal Significant New Information,
Fundamentally Changes the Public’s Understanding of the 2012 Terrorist Attacks that Killed Four Americans
Washington, D.C. – Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after the committee’s Majority released a mark of its investigative report:
“Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were heroes who gave their lives in service to our country. Their bravery and the courageous actions of so many others on the ground that night should be honored.
“When the Select Committee was formed, I promised to conduct this investigation in a manner worthy of the American people’s respect, and worthy of the memory of those who died. That is exactly what my colleagues and I have done.
“Now, I simply ask the American people to read this report for themselves, look at the evidence we have collected, and reach their own conclusions. You can read this report in less time than our fellow citizens were taking fire and fighting for their lives on the rooftops and in the streets of Benghazi.”
The committee’s proposed report is just over 800 pages long and is comprised of five primary sections and 12 appendices. It details relevant events in 2011 and 2012.
The following facts are among the many new revelations in Part I:
“We expect our government to make every effort to save the lives of Americans who serve in harm’s way. That did not happen in Benghazi. Politics were put ahead of the lives of Americans, and while the administration had made excuses and blamed the challenges posed by time and distance, the truth is that they did not try.”
Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“Our committee’s insistence on additional information about the military’s response to the Benghazi attacks was met with strong opposition from the Defense Department, and now we know why. Instead of attempting to hide deficiencies in our posture and performance, it’s my hope our report will help ensure we fix what went wrong so that a tragedy like this never happens again.”
The following facts are among the many new revelations in Part II:
“Obama Administration officials, including the Secretary of State, learned almost in real time that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Rather than tell the American people the truth, the administration told one story privately and a different story publicly.”
Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“In the days and weeks after the attacks, the White House worked to pin all of the blame for their misleading and incorrect statements on officials within the intelligence community, but in reality, political operatives like Ben Rhodes and David Plouffe were spinning the false narrative and prepping Susan Rice for her interviews.”
The following facts are among the many new revelations in Part III:
“President Obama has said his worst mistake was ‘failing to plan for the day after … intervening in Libya.’ As a result of this ‘lead from behind’ foreign policy, the Libyan people were forced to make the dismal trade of the tyranny of Qadhafi for the terror of ISIS, Al-Qaeda and others. Although the State Department considered Libya a grave risk to American diplomats in 2011 and 2012, our people remained in a largely unprotected, unofficial facility that one diplomatic security agent the committee interviewed characterized as ‘a suicide mission.’”
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“One of the most concerning parts of the State Department’s policy in Libya was its reliance upon the militias of an unstable nation to protect our men and women in Benghazi. These were by no means forces that could adequately protect Americans on the ground, and the State Department knew it. But the appearance of no boots on the ground was more important to the administration.”
Part IV of the report reveals new information about the Select Committee’s requests and subpoenas seeking documents and witnesses regarding Benghazi and Libya, and details what the Obama administration provided to Congress, what it is still withholding, and how its serial delays hindered the committee’s efforts to uncover the truth.
Part V proposes 25 recommendations for the Pentagon, State Department, Intelligence Community and Congress aimed at strengthening security for American personnel serving abroad and doing everything possible to ensure something like Benghazi never happens again, and if it does, that we are better prepared to respond, the majority make a series of recommendations.
The Select Committee intends to convene a bipartisan markup to discuss and vote on the proposed report on July 8, 2016. All members of the committee will have the opportunity to offer changes in a manner consistent with the rules of the House.
Below is the full report with links to PDF files of each section.
Report of the Select Committee on
the Events Surrounding the 2012
Terrorist Attack in Benghazi
Letter from Chairman Trey Gowdy to Speaker Paul Ryan
The Benghazi Committee's Investigation - By The Numbers
I. Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi
II. Internal and Public Government Communications about the Terrorist
Attacks in Benghazi
III. Events Leading to the Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi
IV. Compliance with Congressional Investigations
Appendix A: Resolution Establishing the Select Committee on the
Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi
Appendix B: Significant Persons and Organizations
Appendix C: Questions for the President
Appendix D: Significant Events in Libya Prior to the Attacks
Appendix E: Security Incidents in Libya
Appendix F: Deterioration of Benghazi Mission Compound Security
Appendix G: Timelines of the Attacks
Appendix H: The September 12 Situation Report and the President’s
Appendix I: Witness Interview Summaries
Appendix J: Requests and Subpoenas for Documents
Appendix K: Analysis of Accountability Review Board, House Armed
Services Committee and House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee
Appendix L: Glen A. Doherty, Sean P. Smith, J. Christopher Stevens,
and Tyrone S. Woods
Additional Views by Rep. Jordan and Rep. Pompeo
Trey Gowdy calls State Department ‘deplorable’ for what they just didApril 9, 2016 | Frieda Powers
The State Department finally released documents on Friday that were requested by the Benghazi committee, but the more than one-year wait was deplorable to Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, slammed the State Department for its delay in responding to subpoenas issued in March and August of 2015, following the initial request by the Republican congressman in November 2014.
“It is deplorable that it took over a year for these records to be produced to our committee, and that our Democrat colleagues never lifted a finger to help us get them,” Gowdy said in a press release Friday.
More than 1,100 pages of documents were turned over to the committee which was established to investigate the 2012 terror attack at the U.S. embassy in Libya. For months, Gowdy has been battling with Democrats on the committee which is led by ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings.
“This investigation is about a terrorist attack that killed four Americans, and it could have been completed a lot sooner if the administration had not delayed and delayed and delayed at every turn,” said Gowdy.
According to the press release, the documents included emails from Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin, aides to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as those from then-chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations at the time.
Gowdy complained that the committee was still waiting for some documents and even witnesses to be questioned and took a swipe at critics who had called for the committee to be dissolved.
“Shame on them and everyone else who has demanded this committee to give up before gathering all of the facts,” he said. “As soon as possible, we will release our report and interview transcripts so everyone can see the evidence for themselves, and I’m confident the value and fairness of our investigation will then be abundantly clear to everyone.”
REPUBLICANS IN THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON BENGHAZI FAILED TO BRING UP THE REAL CRIMINAL SCANDALS IN LIBYA
November 3, 2015 by Frank de Varona - Bear Witness Central
Hillary Clinton testified before the House of Representative Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015.
Republicans in the House of Representative Select Committee on Benghazi missed a unique opportunity to inform the American people regarding the true and scandalous events in Libya. To assist the Select Committee on Benghazi, Roger Aronoff wrote an article titled “Questions to Watch for at Thursday’s Benghazi Hearing” which was published in Accuracy in Media.org on October 21, 2015.
Aronoff, a great patriot, set up the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) in September 2013 to investigate the causes and the circumstances involved in the attacks of September 11, 2012 on the U.S. diplomatic compound and the nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya. The members of the commission included former CIA officers, retired military from the different branches of the Armed Forces, journalists, and defense consultants.
Aronoff criticized the recent statements by Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY) that indicated that the House of Representative Select Committee on Benghazi was set up to hurt Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. He said that “despite Hillary Clinton new attitude of defiance—acting as if these recent statements by the two Republicans have somehow proven that this has been a political witch-hunt all along—they proved nothing of the sort.”
Aronoff appeared recently on The Blaze with Dana Loesch and explained the following: “While the failure to either provide sufficient security for Ambassador Chris Stevens, or to remove him before the attacks occurred on September 11, 2012, is an important issue, it is certainly not the only one that Mrs. Clinton must answer for. Two new articles out in the last day present powerful arguments and lines of questioning that should be pursued. One is from The Washington Times, which lays out new evidence showing how the U.S. facilitated the flow of arms to militia groups in Libya, many of which went to al-Qaeda linked groups. This violated both American law and a U.N. resolution. The other article is by Nancy Youssef in The Daily Beast, where she questions the wisdom, motives and strategy that led the U.S. and NATO into the war in Libya in the first place. She points out that while President Obama may have been reluctant at first, with no stated plans to remove Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi that is exactly what happened, with no plans in place for what would come after Qaddafi. And what has followed is a failed state.”
Aronoff wrote that both of these points were made in the Interim Report by our Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) of April 2014 and received little attention at the time. Many in the media kept asking what more was there to learn. Aronoff pointed out that the CCB had prepared a list of questions that he hoped would be asked during the House of Representative Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on October 22, 2015. Below are the questions prepared by the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi to be asked to Hillary Clinton:
“When, how and why did the Obama administration and the State Department decide to back the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime?
Why did you refuse Saif Qaddafi’s phone call about the willingness of his father to negotiate a truce rather than subject his country and himself to the impending attack by NATO forces?
When and how was the decision made that the administration officially would facilitate the delivery of weapons to known Libyan al-Qaeda militias like the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG)?
Did you and the Obama administration believe that the Presidential Intelligence Finding of March 2011 was legally sufficient to overcome the otherwise felonious provision by the U.S. government of material support to terrorism? Which legal authorities by name provided this advice to you?
Exactly when and specifically which Congressional members were briefed on the administration’s decision to overthrow Qaddafi, back the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood-led rebels, and facilitate the delivery of weapons to Libyan al-Qaeda-linked militias?
Why did approximately half of your emails on Libya, that the committee has only recently received, come from Sidney Blumenthal, who President Obama had forbidden you to hire at the State Department?
Why did we maintain the Special Mission Compound in Benghazi when others, such as the British and the Red Cross had pulled out because of the security situation?
Why did you ignore an internal State Department audit on the compound when it first opened which concluded that they should either beef up the security or close it?
Please name and identify by affiliation the top Libyan rebel commanders with whom Christopher Stevens, the official U.S. government envoy to those rebels, collaborated during the 2011 Libyan revolution and explain how these commanders were selected.
Please describe in detail the weapons procurement and delivery process by which arms were acquired, funded, transported and distributed to the Libyan rebels in 2011.
Please describe in detail the weapons buy-back and collection program in Libya in 2012, including which U.S. agency had the lead for that program, how funds were disbursed for such weapons, where and how they were stored, their transport on exactly which/whose ships, and where those ships and their weapons cargo went after they departed from Libya.
By allowing the flow of arms to groups in Libya that we knew were affiliated with al Qaeda, weren’t we in effect switching sides in the War on Terror?
Were you personally aware of multiple warnings that indicated an Islamic terror attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was likely or in potential planning stages?
Why were all of Stevens’ requests for increased security turned down and in-country security forces drawn down? (We now know that there were over 600 requests for assistance that were denied!)
Did you see, or were you made aware of the Ayman al-Zawahiri video-taped warning, issued on jihadi websites on 10 September 2012, that apparently gave the green light for the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi? If so, when? If not, why not?
What action did you take when you received word of a 10 day advanced notice that an attack on our facilities in Benghazi was going to take place?
What additional security measures did you as Secretary of State order for missions across North Africa and/or elsewhere once the American Embassy in Cairo warned that Muslim anger was building over the airing on Egyptian TV on 9 September 2012 of a clip from the YouTube video “Innocence of Muslims?”
Why was an order given to Ambassador Stevens’ Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) personnel to store their weapons in a separate location in the compound?
What about your 10 p.m. phone call with President Obama on the night of the attack? Why did the State Department proceed to issue a statement shortly thereafter citing the video as the likely cause of the attack?
Who was responsible for making sure the car was parked outside the safe room window as a key part of the escape plan for the ambassador?
Why were the Marine Fast teams at Rota naval base in Spain held up and made to put on civilian clothes?
What classified equipment and material were taken from the compound?
Please describe in chronological detail where you were, Secretary Clinton, throughout the night of 11-12 September 2012.
Continue Reading Next Pages: 1 2 3 4 … | Next →
May 1, 2015
Hillary Alert: New Emails Mean Benghazi Isn’t Over
By Eric Pianin
Hillary Clinton tried to take a break from controversy this week with a speech at Columbia University in New York voicing her concern about civil unrest in Baltimore and her prescription for reforming the criminal justice system.
But for the former Secretary of State and leading Democratic presidential candidate, renewed controversy is always just around the corner.
Related: Like Indelible Ink, Benghazi Is Not Going Away for Hillary
On Thursday, House Republicans announced that their once floundering probe of Clinton’s conduct surrounding the 2012 terrorist attacks on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya just got another important boost: The State Department handed over 4,000 pages of new documents to a select House committee investigating the tragic attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher J. Stevens.
“The Benghazi Committee continues to build the most comprehensive and complete record on what happened before, during and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks," Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chair of the panel, declared in a statement.
"Contrary to those who said all had been asked and answered, the Benghazi Committee has shown there is more still for Congress to consider. The committee will provide the final, definitive accounting of what happened with regards to Benghazi, reaching conclusions based solely on facts," he added.
Related: Sanders Says He'll Seek Democratic Nomination For President
The disclosure of the new documents came on the same day that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a favorite of many liberal Democrats, announced that he would challenge Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
Clinton said she welcomed Sanders’ entry into the race, just weeks after she formally announced she was running. But Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, made it clear he intends to sharply criticize her 2002 vote in the Senate to support the U.S. invasion of Iraq – a vote she later acknowledged was a mistake.
Sanders also promised to contrast his views with those of Clinton’s on the Keystone XL oil pipeline project and President Obama’s push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal -- two matters that he and other liberal Democrats oppose but that Clinton has been dancing around.
After seven previous investigations by various congressional committees and the State Department into the events surrounding the Benghazi killings, it looked as if the Republicans were once again drilling a dry hole. Yet House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other Republicans were determined to try again to unearth evidence that Clinton was somehow negligent in responding to complaints about inadequate security at the compound or failed to adequately respond to reports of the fiery attacks by terrorists.
Related: How the Clinton Scandals Can Bring Down the Democrats
Gowdy had once indicated he wanted to finish his investigation by the end of the year – a potential blessing for Clinton who could finally put another unpleasant chapter of her career behind her before the 2016 presidential campaign really started to heat up.
That was before the The New York Times first revealed in early March that Clinton had used her private email and server to conduct official State Department business and that she had deleted tens of thousands of personal messages after leaving the Obama administration in early 2013.
Last week, Boehner threatened to subpoena her email server in search of additional evidence about her handling of the Benghazi attacks. At the same time, Gowdy said in a letter to Clinton’s lawyer that she better begin preparing for two separate appearances on Capitol Hill: one during the week of May 18 to determine whether the House panel had all the relevant documents and emails it needs and the second, no later than June 18 if committee members are satisfied they have all relevant information, to question Clinton again on her handling of the Benghazi crisis.
Related: How Hillary’s E-Mail Mess Revived Benghazi
With the State Department’s decision to turn over 4,000 additional pages concerning the Benghazi tragedy and Clinton’s involvement, there are certain to be additional leads to follow that can easily push the investigation well into next year.
In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if the committee issued its final, critical report just before the Democratic National Convention meets in Philadelphia next July to nominate a candidate.
The documents were provided by the State Department’s Accountability Review Board (ARB) investigation into the deadly assault on the diplomatic outpost. They include, among other things, emails and interview summaries, a congressional source told The Hill yesterday. This apparently was the first time that the State Department has turned over ARB documents to Congress.
"Getting this production from State's Benghazi ARB is an important part of ensuring the committee has access to all the facts," according to Gowdy.
The State Department said that the new trove of documents from its own investigation into the deadly 2012 attack does not change the "essential facts" known about the attack. And a Democratic committee aide told The Hill that while the select committee indeed has received the work papers, they shouldn’t start popping the champagne corks just yet.
"Not surprisingly, the work papers support the unanimous findings of the Board, which identified no evidence to support claims that Secretary Clinton ordered a stand-down, personally denied security requests, oversaw a covert weapons program, or any of the other wild claims Republicans have been making for months," the aide said..
But Gowdy and other Republican committee members almost certainly will come up with a much different interpretation after studying the documents. It wouldn’t be the first time the administration provided Republican controlled committees with documents it considered relatively harmless, only to have the Republicans extract some juicy evidence.
The disclosure of the fresh set of documents came on the same day that Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD.), the special committee’s ranking Democrat, criticized the GOP for touting the committee’s work in fundraising.
Trey Gowdy Just Made a HUGE MOVE, Which Could Mean the END of Hillary Clinton
The Select Committee on Benghazi, which is run by conservative hero Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), is not pleased with the latest news that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had multiple private email addresses hosted on a home-brew server. This is quite unusual, and was a massive threat to national security. And Hillary knew how damaging this would be to her, which is why we must find out just what she was hiding in her official communications.
The Committee has issued subpoenas for “all communications” from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pertaining to the easily avoidable terrorist attacks in Libya and at the State Department. They also extend to anyone who might have information “pertinent” to the committee’s investigation.
Gowdy has the legal subpoena power to expose Hillary and destroy her campaign for President. Here is the release the committee published:
Select Committee on Benghazi Communications Director Jamal D. Ware issued the following statement regarding the use of multiple email addresses by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
“The Select Committee on Benghazi is in possession of records with two separate and distinct email addresses used by former Secretary Clinton and dated during the time she was Secretary of State.
“Without access to the relevant electronic information and stored data on the server—which was reportedly registered to her home—there is no way the Committee, or anyone else, can fully explain why the Committee uncovered two email addresses.
“As Chairman Gowdy has noted, this is why former Secretary Clinton’s exclusive use of personal emails to conduct official U.S. government business is so problematic and raises significant issues for transparency. The American people have a right to a full accounting of all the former Secretary’s emails, and the Committee is committed to working to uncover all the facts.”
Do you support Gowdy’s efforts to expose Hillary’s corruption? Please leave us a comment and tell us what you think.