Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraBiden picks first Latino to lead Homeland Security House Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members Favorites emerge as Latino leaders press Biden to appoint 5 Hispanics to Cabinet MORE (D-Calif.) says the GOP’s report on the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya is all about hurting Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Third vaccine candidate with 90% efficacy Biden won — so why did Trump's popularity hit its highest point ever? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks 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 TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit 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.