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Benghazi Attack Under Microscope

The latest news, analysis and opinion about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

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Hillary's book woes continue: Clinton asked to sign 'Hard Choices' out to Christopher Stevens

By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's was asked on the street to sign a copy of her new book out to J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who died in the 2012 Benghazi terror attack with three other Americans. Published June 19, 2014

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A map of Benghazi, Libya, was carried into federal court in the District of Columbia on Monday as a trial began for Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected mastermind of the 2012 attacks on a diplomatic compound that killed four Americans. (Associated Press)

Scott Wickland testifies in Ahmed Abu Khattala trial

- The Washington Times

Militants armed with AK-47s and grenades banged the butts of their guns against the locked cage that stood between them and the safe room inside the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, where the three men hunkered down inside thought they were going to die.

Trey Gowdy (Associated Press) **FILE**

Final Benghazi report released by House committee

- The Washington Times

The House Select Committee on Benghazi recently filed its final report into the Congressional Record last week, ending the investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack that became intertwined with Hillary Clinton's legacy at the State Department.

House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, will begin hearing testimony again next week as part of his continued investigation into the 2012 attacks that killed four Americans. (Associated Press)

Benghazi committee meets with State, DOJ behind closed doors

- The Washington Times

Members of the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has met recently behind closed doors with the State and Justice departments but still plans to hold public hearings, the committee's chairman said Wednesday.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, is among a growing number of GOP figures calling for President Obama to take a tougher approach to the Ebola crisis, including travel restrictions for West African countries ravaged by the disease. (Associated Press)

John Boehner reappoints Trey Gowdy to lead Benghazi probe

- The Washington Times

Saying there are still "far too many questions" unanswered, House Speaker John A. Boehner reappointed Rep. Trey Gowdy Monday to lead his chamber's inquiry into the Benghazi terrorist attack just a few days after a House committee cleared the CIA of most wrongdoing, in a move that signaled the GOP is not satisfied with those conclusions.

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before the House Intelligence Committee. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) **FILE**

Benghazi: CIA detected no 'credible threat' before terror attacks

- The Washington Times

The CIA's main reason for setting up shop in Benghazi was to uncover the plans of al Qaeda-linked extremists, yet its officers there detected no sign that terrorists were set to launch the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and the agency's own compound, a new House Intelligence Committee report shows.

Ahmed Abu Khatallah (facebook)

Pentagon: Benghazi suspect in U.S. custody

- The Washington Times

U.S. Special Forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya, Obama administration officials said Tuesday, prompting praise for the military operation and fueling a debate over the prisoner's legal status.

** FILE ** Secretary of State John F. Kerry. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John Kerry agrees to testify on Benghazi attack

- Associated Press

Secretary of State John Kerry is willing to testify before the House Oversight panel investigating the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, an appearance that should make subsequent testimony before a newly formed select committee unnecessary, the State Department said Friday.

Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. More than 1,000 college students are gathered at Arizona State University this weekend as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University's efforts to advance solutions to pressing world challenges. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Bill Clinton defends Hillary on Benghazi

- The Washington Times

Ex-President Bill Clinton sprang to the defense of his wife Wednesday, insisting that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton responded properly to the September 2012 Benghazi attack just as a select House committee has been charged with investigating what happened.

** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner. (Associated Press)

John Boehner gives Benghazi committee broad powers

- The Washington Times

House Speaker John A. Boehner laid out details of his proposed Benghazi investigative committee Tuesday night, calling for a 7-5 split between Republicans and Democrats — drawing a stern response from Democrats who said that is unfair and taints the investigation from the start.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, following her lunch with President Barack Obama. Pelosi was asked several questions about the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pelosi demands Benghazi panel be equally divided

- The Washington Times

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that the House's new investigative committee looking into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks must be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans — an aggressive demand that could dent the investigation before it even gets rolling.

**FILE** Libyan civilians celebrate the raiding of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 21, 2012, after hundreds of Libyans, military and police raided the Brigades base. (Associated Press)

General: White House should have known Benghazi was terrorist attack

- The Washington Times

An Air Force brigadier general who was running intelligence at the U.S. African command the night of the Benghazi attacks said Thursday they knew immediately that the assault was not a response to an anti-Islamic video, and said that the White House either wasn't in the know or else was distorting that information.

** FILE ** This March 26, 2014, file photo shows House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House GOP: Obama withholding Benghazi email is 'criminal'

- The Washington Times

House Republicans accused the Obama administration Thursday of "perhaps criminal" behavior for having withheld for months key email that sheds light on how the administration framed its post-Benghazi talking points, potentially violating a congressional subpoena.

** FILE ** Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about Syria on Sept. 9, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House Complex in Washington, during a the White House Forum to Combat Wildlife Trafficking. Clinton said any move by Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control would be an "important step." (Associated Press)

CURL: The drip, drip, drip of Benghazi

Another day, another revelation on Benghazi. The "bipartisan" Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week put out a scathing report on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya, citing "systematic failures" that led to the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

LYONS: Benghazi demands a select committee in Congress

Reports released recently by both the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Armed Services Committee have mostly discredited the Dec. 28 article on Benghazi by David Kirkpatrick in The New York Times. Both reports and the newspaper article have served the purpose of refocusing America's attention on this tragedy.

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KENDALL: Justice for the Benghazi victims

It's been 16 months since Muslim extremists sacked the American diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, resulting in the brutal deaths of four brave Americans, including our ambassador.

SHROUDED: Nearly a year after the remains of the four Americans were repatriated, little is known about the Benghazi terrorist attack that killed them. Survivors have said little publicly, "talking points" have proved false and the White House has called it a "phony scandal." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

'Stand down': CIA Benghazi team clash led to controversial order

- Associated Press

CIA officers revealed a clash over how quickly they should go help the besieged U.S. ambassador during the 2012 attack on an outpost in Libya, and a standing order for them to avoid violent encounters, according to a congressman and others who heard their private congressional testimony or were briefed on it.

** FILE ** Adm. Mike Mullen. (Associated Press)

Benghazi investigators gave Hillary Clinton heads-up on findings

- The Washington Times

The leaders of the State Department's Benghazi probe defended their inquiry into the 2012 attack, but they acknowledged to Congress on Thursday that their mission was limited in scope and faced questions over why they gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton an advance look at their findings.

Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican (Associated Press)

4 sent back to work after missteps on Benghazi

- The Washington Times

Secretary of State John F. Kerry has reinstated four employees implicated in security lapses from last year's terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, drawing sharp rebukes Tuesday from leading Republicans who said the moves mean nobody has been fired or held accountable.

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Illustration Obama's Libya by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

GAFFNEY: Obama administration failing Benghazigate smell test

- The Washington Times

In Washington, when the official line seems improbable, people often say, "It doesn't pass the smell test." There's a lot that stinks at the moment about the Benghazigate affair, including now the circumstances involving the forced resignation of a man in the middle of it: President Obama's CIA Director and former four-star Army General David Petraeus.

Illustration Libya Deaths by John Camejo for The Washington Times

GEDRICH: What we can learn from Obama's Benghazi failure

- The Washington Times

It took nearly four years into his presidency to know what Barack Obama would do when confronted with an unexpected international crisis demanding immediate action to save American lives.

Illustration Hillary's Libya by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Benghazigate and the secret cable

- The Washington Times

The latest twist in the Benghazigate saga is a newly discovered, secret diplomatic cable. The document, sent two weeks before the Sept. 11 murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, warned that the consulate building in Benghazi could not withstand a "coordinated attack."

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**FILE** Rep. Elijah E. Cummings Maryland Democrat (Associated Press)

Dems: Boehner must apologize to Clinton, retract Benghazi report

The top Democrat on the House investigative committee asked Speaker John A. Boehner to retract a report five of his committee chairmen released this week that places blame for the lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi at the feet of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

** FILE ** Libyan military guards check one of the burned-out buildings at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2012, during a visit by Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif to express sympathy for the death of J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and his colleagues in the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate. (Associated Press)

GOP tells Obama to release Clinton cable on Benghazi

House Republicans on Wednesday asked President Obama to release to the public a State Department cable the GOP says would show former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton approved cutting security at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, ahead of last year's deadly attack.

** FILE ** President Barack Obama makes an opening statement during his first news conference after Election Day, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama angrily rebukes GOP senators over Rice

President Obama reacted angrily to threats from GOP senators to block an expected nomination of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of State because of Ms. Rice's statements in the aftermath of the attacks in Benghazi, calling the criticism of her "outrageous" and pledging not to change his decision-making based on them.