Benghazi

Chaffetz Trolls Clinton on Inauguration Day
‘So pleased she's not the president’

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, shakes hands with Hillary Clinton at Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Fox News/Rep. Jason Chaffetz/Instagram).

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, got one last dig at Hillary Clinton during the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Friday.

Chaffetz posted a photo of a screen shot from Fox News of him shaking the former secretary of State’s hand. While on the surface it may look magnanimous, the caption that the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee put was not as gracious:

‘Lock Her Up’ Mentality Infects Capitol Hill
Facts come second to damaging Hillary Clinton

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz suggested a Hillary Clinton ally was giving classified information to someone who shouldn’t have it, writes Jonathan Allen. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

Shoot first, ask questions later.

That’s a great motto for a lawless lawman in an old Western movie.

Two Families of Americans Killed in Benghazi Sue Clinton
Wrongful death suit claims Clinton's use of private email server led to attack

The families of two Americans killed in the 2012 attacks on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi have filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, claiming that she was responsible because of her use of a private email server while she was head of the State Department, according to media reports. 

The lawsuit filed by Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, the parents of Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, also claims that Clinton defamed the families in her public statements. 

At GOP Convention, Lots of Talk But No New Evidence on Benghazi
Mother on former secretary of state: 'How could she do this to me?!'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies during a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing in Longworth Building on Oct. 22, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans used the opening night of their nominating convention to sell itself as the national security party, and speakers tried to use the 2012 attack in Benghazi -- and Hillary Clinton ’s role in the U.S. response -- as a model of what not to do. But there were no new allegations made against her.  

The theme of the first day of the Republican National Convention was a play on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump ’s "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan: “Make America safe again.” And those who addressed the attack, which left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead, made clear they believed Clinton did too little in response to the deadly strike.  

Trump Skips Benghazi Mother's Speech
While Pat Smith spoke of her son's death in Benghazi, Trump was on the horn to Fox News

Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, one of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack, spoke at the Republican convention on Monday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Donald Trump apparently missed one of the more compelling and forceful speeches on Day One of his nominating convention.  

Pat Smith's son, Sean Smith, was one of four Americans killed in the terror attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.  

Republicans Seek Perjury Probe of Clinton
2 committee chairmen ask DOJ to investigate testimony to Congress over private emails

Hillary Clinton's email server draws GOP fire again.. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans formally asked federal prosecutors on Monday to investigate whether Hillary Clinton lied to Congress about classified information on her private email server.  

[ Republicans Press to Keep Clinton Investigation Going ]  

What We Know Now about Benghazi
Nothing important that we didn't know years ago

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, led the report on the 2012 terror attack that killed four Americans. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Here’s what we know now that the House Benghazi Committee has issued its final report:   Libya had descended into chaos in September 2012. Benghazi, in particular was a no man’s land. And there’s no evidence that, once the assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi began, there was anything U.S. forces could have done to prevent terrorists from murdering four Americans.

That’s exactly what we knew when the State Department’s Accountability Review Board issued its report on December 19, 2012 — two months after the attacks and nearly four years ago. It’s also what we knew when Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate and House foreign relations committees in January 2013, when several House and Senate committees concluded investigations into the tragedy in the last Congress and throughout Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy’s leak-as-you-go probe.

Benghazi Committee Declines to Fault Clinton
 

The Select Committee on Benghazi released an 800-page report Tuesday detailing its findings on the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. During a press conference, committee Chairman Trey Gowdy declined to assign specific blame to Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying he’s “not in the business of apportioning culpability. I think there’s enough to go around.”

In the End, Gowdy Declines to Assign Blame for Benghazi
Clinton says the House report adds nothing new

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, discusses the Committee's report on the 2012 attacks in Libya that killed four Americans. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., also appears. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As House Republicans on Tuesday released their long-awaited report detailing the events surrounding the deadly 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, they refused to assign blame to any individual and said the 800-page report should speak for itself.   

"I’m not in the business of apportioning culpability. I think there’s enough to go around," Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said at a news conference.  

Benghazi Report Describes Inertia, Failure to Recognize Risks
Republican-led committee set to release findings Tuesday

The attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi in 2012 has been the subject of a number of investigations and contentious hearings. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The U.S. ambassador killed in Benghazi in 2012 had traveled there to lay the groundwork for a visit from Hillary Clinton a month later and the eventual opening of a permanent U.S. consulate, a report released Tuesday by a Republican-led House panel concluded.  

The finding is among the few new pieces of information in  sections of the 800-page report that were released to several media outlets overnight, after a two-year and $7 million investigation into the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.