Final Benghazi report slams Obama administration, Hillary Clinton
The final report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi found that senior members of the Obama administration, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and senior White House adviser Ben Rhodes, twisted the facts during and after the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, to preserve the illusion that the threat of terrorism was fading, just weeks before President Obama's re-election.
A scathing report also found that the military never lifted a finger to rescue the American citizens imperiled in the 13-hour terror attack, despite receiving orders to do everything possible to stop the bloodshed.
The report was the result of 25 months of work, more than 100 witness interviews and a review of thousands of pages of documents by the select committee, which was convened in May 2014 to perform the last autopsy on the circumstances surrounding Benghazi.
Those interviews included 81 witnesses who had never before spoken with Congress, despite the fact that five different congressional committees had produced eight separate reports in addition to an internal State Department probe launched shortly after the attack.
The select committee was the first to ask the State Department to hand over the emails of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was among the four Americans killed in the violence. It was also the first to uncover Clinton's use of a private email network to shield her government communications, an arrangement that has haunted her presidential campaign since becoming public in March 2015.
In the real world, people would be held accountable for, and likely lose their jobs because of, these findings.
Instead, the report will be pushed aside as a partisan one-off, and no one will feel so much as a light tap on the shoulder for it.