GOP: WH pushed Benghazi video explanation despite eyewitnesses
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The GOP-led House Benghazi committee says the Obama administration claimed an anti-Muslim video was responsible for the 2012 attack, even though that explanation did not reflect eyewitness or real-time reports.

Portions of the long-awaited report reviewed by Fox News showed that one U.S. agent at an American outpost in Benghazi told the committee he first heard "some kind of chanting," followed by explosions and gunfire and dozens of armed people rushing into the compound.


Another official, a senior watch offer at the State Department's diplomatic security command, described the event that day as "a full on attack against our compound," according to the report. The agent added that he didn't see or hear a protest prior to the attack.

“None of the information coming directly from the agents on the ground in Benghazi during the attacks mentioned anything about a video or a protest. The firsthand accounts made their way to the office of the Secretary through multiple channels quickly,” the report concluded.

House Republicans noted members of the administration — including then-Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHill.TV's Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would 'destroy' Democratic Party Clinton says she feels the 'urge' to defeat Trump in 2020 Can Democrats flip the Texas House? Today's result will provide a clue MORE — publicly pointed to the video as the reason for the attack. Clinton privately acknowledged in an email provided to the committee that an al Qaeda-like group was responsible for the attack.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), a member of the Select Committee on Benghazi, told Fox News ahead of the report's release Tuesday that it shows “it’s unambiguous the administration knew immediately it was a terror attack. And the story of fog of war was known to be false immediately by everyone in the administration."

The GOP committee report also identified a White House meeting convened about three hours into the attack with senior Cabinet members, including Clinton.

The report said that “much of the conversation focused on the video (which) is surprising given no direct link or solid evidence existed connecting the attacks in Benghazi and the video at the time," according to Fox.

The report found that “five of the 10 action items from the rough notes of the 7:30pm meeting reference the video.”

Republicans are releasing their report after a two-year investigation into the attacks that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead at a diplomatic facility and nearby CIA annex in Benghazi.

Clinton, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, testified before the committee in a marathon hearing in October and has defended her handling of the situation.

Democrats on the committee released a rebuttal ahead of the GOP report's release, saying that “Secretary Clinton was active and engaged on the night of the attacks and in the days that followed."