Top House Democrat calls on Boehner to retract Benghazi report, apologize to Clinton
April 25th, 2013
08:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Top House Democrat calls on Boehner to retract Benghazi report, apologize to Clinton

(CNN) - A senior House Democrat wants Republicans to retract a report claiming that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally signed off on security cuts at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, which later was targeted in a deadly terror attack.

Republicans argued the conclusion, released this week, contradicted her congressional testimony on the matter, which was the subject of intense scrutiny.

Maryland Rep Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the GOP finding was false and lacked a basic understanding of State Department procedure.

The Republican report by the chairs of five congressional committees cites a request from then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz last March 28 to Clinton asking for additional security resources, and a response on April 19 turning down the request that the report says bears Clinton's signature.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, Cummings said his staff reviewed the cable in question and said it does not show Clinton’s signature.

He said Clinton's name was typed on it like thousands of other cables sent from the State Department every year.

"Although a telephone call could have clarified this issue in a matter of moments, you chose not to check with the (State) Department before making these highly inflammatory and erroneous accusations in a public forum," Cummings wrote in his letter.

"The allegations in your staff report are false, extremely irresponsible, and lack even a rudimentary understanding of how State Department cables are processed," Cummings added.

He demanded that Boehner apologize to Clinton on behalf of House Republicans.

Boehner's office wouldn’t comment on Cummings letter.

A spokesperson for Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, one of the GOP leaders who drafted the report, backed its finding.

"The document itself states ‘signature’ next to Clinton’s name. This cable shows that resource denial decisions did not just occur informally – in phone conversations and e-mails amongst less senior officials – but were actually run up the chain of command and made through supervised Department processes sanctioned under the Secretary’s authority."

The September 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

The chairs of the Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Judiciary committees also worked on the report.

The authors have asked the Obama administration to make the cable public.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems can't stand to hear the TRUTH!

    April 25, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. penguin

    Republicans blame the Administration for Benghazi and Boston. Benghazi was caused by not enough security forces. This lack was due to the Republican's refusal to fund it. Boston was caused by deranged brothers who left no clue on the internet and had no known interceptable contact with other terrorists. The FBI is inundated with names of possible terrorists who never commit a crime. If it watched evereyone, it would cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Yet they praise Bush when his administration knew foreigners were learning to fly planes but declining to learn how to land them and saw specific internet chatter detailing the general outline of the 9/11 attack

    April 25, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Don't expect any apologies. The 2016 presidential campaign mud slinging has started with Republicans/Tea Partiers firing off the beginning salvos. Republicans/Tea Partiers have never let facts and truth get in the way of their political agenda.

    April 25, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. Name willard

    Why hillary clinton was resgin to her job with secartay of state
    No No No thanks vote for clinton 2016

    April 25, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Name

    GOP clowns! You are so ignorant – nice selective outrage – we all know "you" cut the funds

    April 25, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. Binga Linga

    Politics as usual. Both sides shift the discussion from real problems to the nonsensical.

    April 25, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  7. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Boehner definately owes the American people an apology! First for allowing a known crook like Darrell Issa waste millions of taxpayer dollars on these phony witch hunts. Second for the past three years of zero production from an obstructionist house that is completely and utterly useless.

    April 25, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. Name willard

    I want to know what happened about french embrassy at benzhina liba

    April 26, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  9. Dan5404

    Issa and Boehner, along with Lindsey Graham are GOP disaster vultures. They can't wait to set up a Republlcan committee to investigate Democrats anytime terrorists do anything. Then after accusatory questions for a few select people, they announce the result they already knew before they started. Did they ever think about blaming the murdering terrorists? There have been terrorist attacks for many years, but it seems the GOP never investigates anyone from their own party. Funny how that works out.

    April 26, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  10. MesaMax

    So Hillary Clinton putting her name on something really doesn't mean anything? She is only responsible for something when she says she is??

    April 26, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  11. plain&simple

    Afraid of Clinton running in 2016 republican henchmen manufacturing dirt to throw in her direction!!! Anything except doing their elected responsibility of running our country.

    April 26, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. freedom

    What??? Apolgize to Clinton?? for what?? Neglecting her duites as Secretary of State to the point that an Ambassador and other servicemen were murdered?? And then bellowing "What difference does it make??" SHE is the one who owes the families of the murdered men and the American people a HUGE APOLOGY – and then she needs to be held accountable.

    April 26, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  13. Thomas

    Chairman Darrell Issa, one of the GOP leaders who drafted the report, backed its finding.

    If Issa is involved , it stinks of here say and no facts.

    April 26, 2013 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  14. Bill

    Did she sign off on it? If yes, the report should reflect the truth of that.

    If no, then the reports should be corrected.

    April 26, 2013 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  15. Name willard

    Gramham would learned what happened about benizhina blast french embassy at benzhina libya
    That is protect alright

    April 26, 2013 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  16. king

    These repubs shout cut cut cut, but as soon as someone cuts something and something goes wrong they're the first in line to point fingers, how gullible, and stupid they think the american people are.

    April 26, 2013 05:15 am at 5:15 am |

    I'll just wait for the YouTube video.

    April 26, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  18. Yanni

    I bet they will not apologize to Sec. Clinton, because this kind of outlandish claim and carelessness makes you a hero with the GOP base.

    April 26, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  19. Name lynn

    Them lying republicans cant even come up with budget plans, now they talking about hillary clinton. they need to apologize to hillary if they are wrong the sad sick republicans.

    April 26, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  20. abnguy

    When you head an agency and actions occur with your authorization whether you pen it or not you are responsible. That is a concept this administration does not understand.

    April 26, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  21. wwf

    The elections coming up will take care of the GOP. I am sick and tired of my tax dollars paying for witch hunts instead of policy decisions that actually help the American People. Of course, the GOP only cares about itself and it right wing tea baggers and keeping their welfare checks (yes welfare checks all of Congress sets around and gets paid for doing nothing except bicker) You could not pay me enough to ever vote Rep. again.

    April 26, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  22. FakeEdit

    So.... boths bad.

    Either she, A) Didnt care enough about her OWN department that she couldnt be bothered on her vacation to check in with how things are running. So she just had aides do it.


    She actually did decline to provide more security.

    April 26, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  23. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Top House Democrat calls on Boehner
    to retract Benghazi report,
    apologize to Clinton


    April 26, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  24. nintex

    Like a dog with a juicy bone, they just can't let this one go. They don't have much else, so they're going to keep beating this one to death, although most of the rest of the country is way past this issue. Pretty obvious, Republicans.

    April 26, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  25. Tony

    Will these Rethugliclowns ever do any work for the American people we need jobs, education clean air technology,
    infrastructural repairs bridges,tunnels roads, reward companies for keeping jobs in America, and bringing jobs back to America, reform the welfare system, inprove healthcare for all Americans immigration reform etc.. but instead these guys are looking at the next election while not doing a darn thing for the American people. these lies accusing people are getting old, and they will not work against former secretary of state our next President Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    April 26, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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