Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWarren now also knocking Biden on Social Security Biden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record MORE (R-Wis.) on Tuesday praised the House Select Committee on Benghazi for trying to uncover “the truth” about the 2012 terror attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

The report “makes clear that officials in Washington failed our men and women on the ground when they were in need of help,” Ryan said in a video message released Tuesday. “And the report makes key recommendations for how we can prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

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"We must ensure that those who hold positions of responsibility do better for the men and women who serve in harm’s way.”

Multiple other congressional committees had examined the 2012 attack and explored whether mistakes were made.

But Ryan on Tuesday noted that the select committee interviewed dozens of new witnesses and obtained thousands of new documents.  

“The committee was able to issue a report that finally provides answers for the families of the victims and for all Americans,” he said.

Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA time for war, a time for peace — and always a time to defend America Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats MORE (R-Ohio), who pushed for the formation of the special committee, offered similar praise.

“Without the work of the select committee and its members and staff, culminating in this important report, the American people would have been denied the truth about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four of our countrymen and the courageous efforts of so many others who were on the ground that night,” he said in a statement.

The report, which took more than two years to compile, has been the subject of intense partisan squabbling ever since it was created by a vote in the House in 2012. Democrats have called the investigation a thinly veiled attack on former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic debates are magnet for lobbyists NYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Sanders v. Warren is just for insiders MORE, but Republicans have insisted the probe is necessary to fill in gaps of previous investigations.

The 800-page document released Tuesday contains new details about the 2012 violence, but it does not reveal a smoking gun showing willful negligence by anyone in the Obama administration.

However, it does offer pointed criticism of the Defense Department, as well as Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.