Friday, February 7, 2014

Hillary Clinton ‘certainly aware’ of security problems before Benghazi: report

The Washington Times, by Stephan Dinan, February 7, 2014

House Republicans on Friday issued a new report that says former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “was certainly aware” of security problems in Libya ahead of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.

The new report also questions the validity of the State Department’s own internal review, known as the Accountability Review Board, saying it had serious deficiencies.

The Obama administration has pointed to that ARB review in arguing that blame for the attack lies with lower-level employees and doesn’t reach as high as Mrs. Clinton, but the report by Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee says she should have been held accountable.

The report also faults her and her successor, Secretary John F. Kerry, for failing to fire anyone for the security breaches that left four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, dead.


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