House Republicans blast Clinton in long-awaited Benghazi report

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 28, 2016 10:19 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of failing to protect U.S. diplomats in the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attack that killed four Americans.

In a long-awaited 800-page report that Democrats have dismissed as a political vendetta, Republicans also accused Clinton, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, and her staff of a "shameful" lack of response to congressional investigators looking into the tragedy and Clinton's use of a private email server for official business.

The findings are sure to fuel attacks on Clinton on the presidential campaign trail, where she faces the Republicans' presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.

Republicans in the House of Representatives presided over a two-year investigation into the attack. Democrats on the investigative panel put out their own report a day ahead of Tuesday's release, accusing Republicans of conducting an overzealous investigation.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)