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Foreign policy experts parse House Benghazi report

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House Benghazi Committee Chairman, Trey Gowdy (R-SC), participates in a news conference with fellow Committee Republicans after the release of the Committees Benghazi report on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

(AP) Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee harshly faulted the Obama administration Tuesday for lax security and a slow response to the deadly 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya.

But they produced no new allegations about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The attacks, which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, have been repeatedly cited by Republicans as a serious failure by the administration and by Clinton, who now is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

But the committee's 800-page report,  released by Republican members, offered no "smoking gun" about Clinton's role. Panel chairman Trey Gowdy has said the report was not aimed at her, though Democrats have accused the committee's Republican majority of targeting her throughout.

The report from the two-year, $7 million investigation does include severe criticism of the military, CIA and administration officials for their response as the attacks unfolded the night of Sept. 11, 2012, and their subsequent explanation to the American people.

Read the full report from the House of Representatives here.


Shana Gadarian, Associate Professor of Political Science at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University

Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President of Research for Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a nonprofit, non-partisan policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security.

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