The true story of the Benghazi committee
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On May 8, 2014, the House of Representatives voted to create the Select Committee on Benghazi. Since then, the Committee has spent more than two years — and wasted more than 7 million taxpayer dollars — chasing conspiracy theories in an effort to damage Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFederal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world Intercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years MORE’s presidential campaign.

Today, it became clear that they’ve come up empty-handed.


The findings of the Benghazi Select Committee released this week add virtually nothing to the existing official record of the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. Ten congressional committees have now participated in eight investigations into the Benghazi tragedy. Thirteen reports on the attacks in Benghazi have been published. Since 2013, witnesses have appeared before the committee 252 times. Investigators have reviewed thousands of pages of Secretary Clinton’s emails and spent millions of dollars.

None of these investigations have found any evidence of an intelligence failure leading to the Benghazi tragedy or a “stand-down order” that supposedly prevented military personnel from saving the Americans in Benghazi. And, perhaps most telling, not a single investigation has found any wrongdoing by Obama Administration officials.

It’s not surprising that the Benghazi Committee found no new significant information about the Benghazi attacks. From the beginning, the Committee was a taxpayer-funded witch hunt against Hillary Clinton. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy admitted as much when he said last fall that the committee was formed to drive down Clinton’s poll numbers and make her appear “untrustable.”

Even Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyThe Hunter Biden problem won't go away Sunday shows preview: Joe Biden wins the 2020 election Sunday shows preview: Election integrity dominates as Nov. 3 nears MORE's own former staffer said “nothing” could have been done to prevent the American deaths in Benghazi.

At Correct The Record, we’ve spent more than a year closely monitoring the Committee’s activities. When it became clear last year that Republicans would try to manipulate this tragedy to hurt Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, we mobilized to defend her. We launched the Benghazi Research Center; published The Complete Guide to the Benghazi Select Committee; and responded in real time to the Committee’s 11-hour hearing with Secretary Clinton, fact-checking Chairman Gowdy and his colleagues. This week, we published Committee No. 10: The True Story of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, a new book examining how Gowdy and his House Republican goons turned the Benghazi Committee into a taxpayer-funded cesspool of blind ambition, bald-faced lies and blatant government waste.

The book lays out how, over the past two years, the Committee’s politicized mission, contempt for the truth and lack of transparency completely compromised its credibility. Gowdy fabricated documents and leaked confidential information to punish the Committee’s critics. House Republicans even used their positions on the Committee to pad their campaign coffers and shamelessly advance their political careers.

The fact that Committee Republicans leaked sections of the report in the middle of the night, before even showing the report to Democratic members of the Committee, proves just how desperate they are to avoid any public scrutiny of their politicized probe.

I believe that the truth matters and the American people deserve to know the facts. I hope that public scrutiny of the Committee’s deeply flawed report — and our new book examining the Committee’s botched investigation — will finally put a rest to the Benghazi Committee’s conspiracy-mongering.

I hope that, as a country, we can turn the page on this dark chapter in American history and ensure that Congress never again wastes millions of taxpayer dollars and takes advantage of the tools of government to politicize an American tragedy.

Brad Woodhouse is president of Correct The Record