August 6th, 2014
06:07 PM ET
9 years ago

Benghazi probe presses ahead despite new report

(CNN) –– The GOP-led House Select Committee on the Benghazi terror attack shows no sign of backing down despite a report from another congressional panel that, according to a top Democrat, found no intelligence failures around the deadly 2012 assault.

"There is more work to be done and more to be investigated," a spokeswoman for House Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy told CNN on Wednesday.


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    “Given the Republican obsession with Benghazi talking points, it’s time for a very specific flashback. In 2008, two non partisan groups released a study that determined that President Bush and his top aides made 935 false statements about the security risk posed by Iraq in the two years following September 11, 2001

    According to the study, then President George W Bush made 232 false statements about Iraq and former leader Saddam Hussein’s possessing weapons of mass destruction, and 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to al Qaeda.

    “President George W. Bush and seven of his administration’s top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq…

    On at least 532 separate occasions, Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both.”

    On July 2004, the Republican majority led Senate Select Committee released the Intelligence Senate Report on Iraqi WMD Intelligence, which identified numerous failures in intelligence gathering and “analysis” (i.e., interpretation). However, Republicans defended the Bush administration’s statements on Iraq.

    An investigation into the administration’s use of the intelligence was delayed for three years due to Republicans claiming it wasn’t as important (Senator Roberts, R-KS) as other pending items. Phase two of the investigation was released in 2007, but not all of the report was released. It determined, “our Committee has concluded that the Administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence.”

    August 6, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. S. B. Stein

    Really? There are better things that Congress could be doing.

    August 6, 2014 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    The GOP led House conducts useless investigations that lead nowhere while the nation's business is at a stand still because Speaker Boehner can't get his caucus to vote for anything.

    August 6, 2014 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. TM

    Let's beat the Benghazi dead horse over and over again.

    August 6, 2014 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. james86

    Benghazi hearings are designed to try to destroy Hillary It's sad but many Americans have killed by terrorists but this is the first time the GOP has blamed an AMERICAN. The 230 Marines blown up in Lebanon , Plane blown out the sky in Lockerbie Scotland, 911, The USS COLES Why not blame Americans for these murders?

    August 6, 2014 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. freedom

    Petraeus is key – subpoena him –

    August 6, 2014 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |

    Hey GOP, you are going to get the beating of your life in November , even half of your stupid base WONT VOTE FOR YOU, what have you DONE for THEM?????? Answer -–NOTHING, Just like for the rest of us, THANKS FOR NOTHING GOP MORONS!!!!!!

    August 6, 2014 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |

    GOP , your FAIRY TALE hearings and your obstruction of EVERYTHING will leave you a MASSIVE DEFEAT in November , the GOP is NOTHING MORE then a CANCER ON AMERICA !!!!!!!!

    August 6, 2014 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. bigd9749

    What is wrong with these people ? do they just want the spotlight or do they enjoy wasting taxpayer money

    August 6, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. ks dem

    its all they got of course it will continue!

    August 6, 2014 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. Yeah

    Yeah right. Let's waste MORE money. That's GOPTards for you.

    August 6, 2014 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  12. smith1

    maybe we should sue congress for wasting tax payers money to give us one more investigation that the last 8 or 9 have found to have no intelligence failures and no indication that the president or whitehouse did nothing wrong

    August 6, 2014 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  13. AdviceMF

    Like watching children putting off chores & homework- anything to Not Pass Bills and do Real Congressional duties.

    August 6, 2014 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  14. Former republican, now an independent

    Another incredibly expensive taxpayer funded "witch hunt" by car thief Darrell Issa and his band of merry lunatics!

    August 6, 2014 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Roger Ailes told the GOP Congress to keep up the pressure on this non issue and they are fighting to lick his boots clean.

    August 7, 2014 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  16. Thomas

    Trey Gowdy , a real shark of an attorney chokes on an anchovy ?

    Darrell Issa / Trey Gowdy
    The Theater of the Seriously Absurd 2014

    August 7, 2014 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  17. Tom

    Why let the facts get in the way of a good witch hunt? Conservative media has created its own reality surrounding Benghazi and Republicans will continue searching for their version of the "truth." Democrats ought to document every penny Republicans are wasting on these endless investigations.

    August 7, 2014 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  18. king

    ahh the signature of the right wing, if there is no evidence, keep beating the horse until he dies 20, 30, 100 or until the corps becomes dust, which ever one comes first. they does this every time, i wonder if they would have put quarter of the effort they put in running down straw man for the past 6 years where would this country be right now.

    August 7, 2014 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    --how about WMD? What Benghazi? Nonsense. It is not in USA. First Lee Harvey Bridge, then Taxes to Cayman, Bermuda etc. Probe.

    August 7, 2014 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  20. Ian's Rushtache

    Of course it does. Benghazi will be the hot topic until Issa gets the proof for the answers he has already come to.

    August 7, 2014 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  21. Stop wasting time

    But, but...Benghazi.

    August 7, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    This new probe is pure theater, which is intended to boost the 2014 conservative turnout. This is the strategy that Republicans felt that they were cheated out of back in 2012, and so they're playing it now. How simple of them.

    August 7, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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