Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Energy: EPA moves to limit financial pressure on 'forever chemical' manufacturers | California sues Trump over water order| Buttigieg expands on climate plan California delivers swift suit after Trump orders water diversion States sue Trump administration at record pace MORE (D-Calif.) says the GOP’s report on the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya is all about hurting Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic insiders stay on the sidelines in 2020 race Hillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 The Hill's Campaign Report: High stakes at last Democratic debate before Super Tuesday MORE, the former secretary of State who is now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

“Well, I think that was the purpose Republicans had in mind,” he said on CNN when asked if House Republicans wanted to impact Hillary Clinton’s Oval Office bid.


“What we’ve learned from this latest, ninth investigation is one, it’s cost taxpayers more than $7 million [and] two, it was always meant to, as Republican leaders said at the very beginning, to reduce Secretary Clinton’s poll numbers as she runs for president.”

Becerra predicted the report would not derail Clinton’s campaign.

“What we learned in terms of actual facts is nothing more than what we learned in the previous eight investigations,” he said. "I think it won’t make a difference.

“While Republicans may have tried to have it make a difference, they’re finding they’ve used a lot of taxpayer dollars for a partisan with hunt,” added Becerra, who has endorsed Clinton.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday released an 800-page report that found military forces appeared to have gotten lost or misinterpreted orders on their way down the chain as the U.s. military responded to the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead.

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, has frequently used the incident to criticize Clinton. He contends it shows Clinton’s “bad judgment” as secretary of State.