Democrats Issue New Report on Select Committee Witness Interviews
WASHINGTON—Today, Democratic Members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued a 124-page staff report entitled, “Results of Interviews Conducted by the House Select Committee on Benghazi: No Evidence to Support Top Republican Allegations About Hillary Clinton.”
The report summarizes the results of 54 transcribed interviews and depositions conducted by the Select Committee, and it concludes that none of the witnesses substantiated repeated claims that Republican Members of Congress and presidential candidates have been making about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the past three years relating to the attacks in Benghazi.
“Republicans have now admitted repeatedly that they are spending millions of taxpayer dollars to damage Secretary Clinton’s campaign for president,” said Ranking Member Elijah Cummings. “This report shows that no witnesses we interviewed substantiated these wild Republican conspiracy theories about Secretary Clinton and Benghazi. It’s time to bring this taxpayer-funded fishing expedition to an end.”
The report includes key excerpts from the transcripts of unclassified interviews conducted by the Select Committee, and it calls on Chairman Trey Gowdy to release the full transcripts of all of the interviews and depositions conducted to date, consistent with classification guidelines.
The report also provides additional information about Secretary Clinton’s actions during and after the attacks. This evidence corroborates previous testimony to Congress indicating that Secretary Clinton was “deeply engaged” and took action to ensure the safety and security of U.S. personnel, even as intelligence assessments of the attacks changed more than once during this period.
The report finds that the individuals interviewed by the Select Committee identified:
- no evidence that Secretary Clinton ordered the military to stand down on the night of the attacks;
- no evidence that Secretary Clinton personally approved or ordered a reduction of security in Benghazi prior to the attacks;
- no evidence that Secretary Clinton pressed the United States into supporting the United Nations campaign in Libya under false pretenses;
- no evidence that Secretary Clinton or her aides oversaw an operation at the State Department to destroy or scrub embarrassing documents; and
- no evidence that Secretary Clinton or any other U.S. official directed or authorized the U.S. Mission in Benghazi to transfer weapons from Libya to another country.
View the full report here.