Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyRising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief Cummings announces expansion of Oversight panel's White House personal email probe, citing stonewalling Pelosi says it's up to GOP to address sexual assault allegation against Trump MORE (R-S.C.) says President Obama’s handling of the Benghazi attacks shows his priorities are not with U.S. soldiers.

“It is sad and telling that instead of a singular focus on rescuing our people in harm’s way, key decision makers in the administration were worried about a video and the appearance that our rescuers could be perceived as invaders because of the clothes they were wearing,” he said Saturday in the GOP’s weekly address.


The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, joined by fellow panel members, used the address to continue criticism of the Obama administration's handling of the attack in the Libyan city that killed four Americans. The committee released its long-awaited 800-page report assessing the 2012 attack on Tuesday. Democrats say the report doesn't significantly alter the public understanding of the chain of events but did unearth new details and spark a fresh wave of criticism against then-Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Taylor Swift says Trump is 'gaslighting the American public' MORE

“Because of this investigation, we now know the full story of all the security agents and personnel who made it from Tripoli to Benghazi – who faced assaults, gunfights, ambushes and ultimately a fatal mortar attack that left two heroic rescuers dead,” continued Gowdy. “On behalf of a grateful nation, we honor the service and sacrifice made by Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, and all those who served in Benghazi.”

Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHouse Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 Mellman: Is the DCCC in successful chaos? MORE (R-Ind.) in Saturday's address said the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya shows the perils of bureaucracy.

“The real story of Benghazi is truly a tale of two cities,” said Brooks, another Benghazi panel member. “In Benghazi, where our people were valiantly fighting for their lives, and Washington, D.C., where administration officials sat on a teleconference and talked for two hours."

“By focusing with dogged determination on uncovering all relevant documents and talking to new eyewitnesses, the Select Committee is now able to tell you, the American people, about these new facts that fundamentally change what we know about Benghazi," she said.

Fellow Benghazi committee member Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) on Saturday added he hopes future generations learn from the panel’s findings.

“Because we want to everything possible to ensure this never happens again – and if it does, that we are better prepared to respond – the majority makes a series of recommendations for the Pentagon, State Department, intelligence community and Congress," he said. 

Clinton on Tuesday dismissed the panel's findings, saying it did not shed any new light on the tragedy.

“I’ll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it’s pretty clear it’s time to move on,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said in Denver. 

--This report was updated at 6:47 p.m.