Clinton: ‘It’s Time to Move on’ From Benghazi

• June 28, 2016 2:56 pm


Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton told reporters "it's time to move on" in response to the House Republican Benghazi report that was released Tuesday morning.

After a two-year investigation into the 2012 Benghazi terror attack in Libya, the House Benghazi Committee released a report detailing the security faults of the Obama administration that led to the deaths of four Americans at the hands of terrorists.

Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack, spoke in response to the detailed report by highlighting how devastating the attacks were for her personally, while touting her own investigative initiatives that ultimately cleared her.

"No one has thought more about or lost more sleep over the lives that we lost, the four Americans, which was devastating. We owe it to those brave Americans to make sure that we learn the right lessons from this tragedy," Clinton said. "That's why I immediately put together an independent committee to go everywhere, look everywhere, come up with what recommendations would help us prevent such tragedies in the future and that, of course, should be the goal."

Clinton hit Republicans for what she characterized wasting millions of dollars in taxpayer money on the investigation.

"I understand that after more than two years and $7 million spent by the Benghazi committee out of taxpayer funds, it had to today report it had found nothing, nothing to contradict the conclusions of the independent accountability board or the conclusions of the prior multiple earlier investigations carried out on a bipartisan basis in the Congress," Clinton said.

"So while this unfortunately, took on a partisan tinge, I want us to stay focused on what I've always wanted us to stay focused on and that is the important work of diplomacy and development."

Clinton said she hoped those who read the report would draw the same conclusions.

"So I'll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it's pretty clear it's time to move on. Thank you all very much," Clinton said.

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