Republicans release findings in Benghazi investigation

The 800-page report blames the 2012 attack in Benghazi on a “failure of leadership"

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) – The Republicans released their findings Tuesday morning on the 2012 terror attacks on Libya that killed four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens.

While Republicans maintain this was not a partisan investigation, Democrats are calling it just that.

The 800-plus page report is a result of a two-year investigation. There were no bombshells from the special House Benghazi Committee.

“As our guys were on the ground, DC was moving at a snail pace,” said Representative Martha Roby, R-Alabama.

Full Benghazi report

The report does include new interviews and recommendations but no major revelations nor a smoking gun that directly implicates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

But it does argue that Clinton should have realized the risks.

An addendum released by two conservative members of the panel is about Clinton and is critical of her and the Obama administration, blaming the attack on the “tragic failure of leadership.”

“When secretary Clinton said, what difference does it make? It makes a difference on how you respond to an attack,” said Representative Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas.

Democrats on the committee called the report a conspiracy theory on steroids. Clinton herself brushed it off Tuesday.

“I’ll leave it to others to characterize the report, but I think it’s pretty clear it’s time to move on,” she said.

Still, Republican Chairman of the House Benghazi Committee Trey Gowdy maintains, even with the timing of the release, this has nothing to do with the election.

“Look at the resolution. The resolution doesn’t mention Secretary Clinton,” he said. “Speaker Boehner nor Speaker Ryan have asked me to do anything about 2016 presidential politics. Speaker Boehner asked me to find out what happened to four of our fellow citizens, and I believe that is what I have done.”

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