**Written by Doug Powers
House Republican leaders released a report Tuesday on the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which they claim former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally signed off on cuts in security at the compound, which they say would contradict her congressional testimony.
The September 11, 2012, attack resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
The 46-page report by Republicans on five House committees cites a request from then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz, sent last March 28 to Clinton asking for additional security resources, and a response dated last April 19 that bears Clinton’s signature.
The April cable from the State Department, according to the GOP report, “acknowledged then-Ambassador Cretz’ formal request for additional security assets but ordered the withdrawal of security elements to proceed as planned.”
The response from the State Department, which the GOP report cites, recommended the agency’s diplomatic security officials conduct “a joint reassessment of the number of (security) agents requested for Benghazi.”
The report cites e-mails from one U.S. embassy employee in Tripoli saying that answer “looks like no movement on the full complement of personnel for Benghazi, but rather a reassessment to bring the numbers lower.”
At a congressional hearing about three months ago, Hillary testified that any requests for additional security in Benghazi never reached her desk:
Dems and a large portion of the mainstream press (with notable exceptions) will continue to try and keep this all swept under the rug through 2016.
Jay Carney’s response? Come on you guys, Hillary signed everything — that doesn’t mean she saw it:
Carney on Benghazi: Sec Clinton signatures on cables coming from State “standard protocol”
— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) April 24, 2013
“The Administration willfully perpetuated a deliberately misleading and incomplete narrative that the attacks evolved from a political demonstration caused by a YouTube video. U.S. officials on the ground reported – and video evidence confirms – that demonstrations outside the Benghazi Mission did not occur and that the incident began with an armed attack on the facility,” the report says. “Senior Administration officials knowingly minimized the role played by al-Qa’ida-affiliated entities and other associated groups in the attacks, and decided to exclude from the discussion the previous attempts by extremists to attack U.S. persons or facilities in Libya.”
Video from CBS News:
Hillary responds to that House report:
**Written by Doug Powers
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