Wingnut Week In Review: The Benghazi Committee Takes A Bow

Terrance Heath

It took Republicans four years, over $7 million, eight congressional investigations, 11 hours grilling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and 800 pages to admit that Clinton was not at fault in Benghazi attack. But that doesn’t mean it’s over.

From the moment America received news of the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Lybia — which killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others — Republicans were certain that this would finally been the scandal they would use to bring down the Obama administration and perhaps even end Barack Obama’s president, having failed to do so by winning an election. What was a tragedy caused by a combination of bureaucratic ineptitude, bad luck, and poor judgement suddenly became the biggest conspiracy since Watergate.

We’d see and heard it all before. Since he took office, Republicans have longed for a genuine scandal to use against President Obama. They tried to turn every story from the alleged IRS targeting of tea party group to “Fast and Furious” into a nefarious conspiracy that would finally “prove” to America that they were right about Barack Obama all along. When those failed, they made up scandals to absurd to be believe beyond tea party circles. It got to the point where it was unusual to hear Republicans * not*
accusing the president of fraud and treason.

But then there was Benghazi. With four Americans dead in an attack by Islamic militant on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Republican couldn’t resist a chance to wave the bloody shirt and claim all shirt and accuse Obama and Clinton of treason and murder.

The problem is, there was never any “there” there. And now we have a report to prove it. The House Republicans’ Select Committee on Benghazi — the latest to investigate attack — chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), finally issued it report on Tuesday, finding no evidence of wrongdoing by Clinton. Republicans took a few swipes at the Department of Defense and the State Department for failing to grasp the security risks in Benghazi.

Their main target, however, remains out of reach. Even Anne Stevens, the sister of Chris Stevens, has said that she doesn’t blame Hillary Clinton for the attack. Rep. Gowdy, chair of the committee even refused to say that Clinton lied about the whole thing.

Howdy and his committee were roundly mocked on social media.

But that’s not to say we’ve heard the last of Benghazi. Nor is that to say anything is over. Republicans will go on trying to find something they can pin on Clinton and even on the President. The Benghazi committee reportedly went right back to investigation after issuing its report, which is not the final. The committee is due to vote on whether to adopt it by July 8. Meanwhile, the House Select Investigation Panel on Infant Lives is gearing to probe allegations illegal relationships between abortion providers and medical research institutions. The NRA just sunk $2 million into a pro-Trump ad attacking Clinton on Benghazi.

That won’t be the first or last time we here about it before the election. Republicans will go on trying to find something they can pin on Clinton and even on the President.

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