After Final Benghazi Report, It’s Time We Demand Corrupt Republicans are Investigated

After Republicans finally released what will seemingly be their last report on Benghazi, I think it’s time we demand that they now get investigated for this whole, pointless circus. For nearly four years we’ve allowed Republicans to exploit the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya for political gains. The GOP has faked more outrage over this attack than they ever showed over the 4,400+ Americans who were sent to die in Iraq based on lies and misleading intelligence presented by the Bush administration.

It really is astonishing to think some Republicans have suggested that Hillary Clinton should be put in jail concerning that Benghazi attack — yet many of those same individuals seem to have no problem with Bush admitting that his administration committed war crimes that occurred in a war where they knowingly misled Congress and the American people.

But this Republican-led Benghazi nonsense has been a bad joke for a while now.

We’ve had Rep. Trey Gowdy recently admit that the investigation was pointless; an ex-investigator (who was picked by the GOP) said that this was a “partisan investigation” specifically meant to slander Clinton; Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NV) publicly stated that the investigation was “designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton; while Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) flat-out admitted that it was meant to hurt Clinton’s polling numbers.

So, with all of this evidence clearly indicating that this was a partisan witch hunt, I think it’s abundantly clear that the GOP just wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on absolutely nothing.

Could you imagine what Republicans would be saying if Democrats were being accused of wasting nearly four years and millions of taxpayer dollars on investigations meant to do nothing more than attack one of their presidential candidates? They would be absolutely losing their minds.

And just for the record, we’ve already had seven investigations into Benghazi (not including this last one) – five that have been led by Republicans – which have all essentially concluded that there was some level of fault on all sides, including embassy officials, though it’s unlikely anything could have prevented what happened.

The most recent House Select Committee on Benghazi that released this report is actually just a follow-up to the last Republican-led investigation that concluded around Thanksgiving of 2014 which found no wrongdoing linked to Clinton. Nearly as soon as that investigation was completed, John Boehner, who was Speaker of the House at the time, announced that another committee would be put together at the start of this year to do the same damn thing they had just done.

This has all been so completely ridiculous.

In my opinion, the American people have the right to demand answers for why millions of their tax dollars were wasted on what was ultimately nothing more than a partisan attack exploiting the deaths of four Americans, just so Republicans could try to hurt Clinton’s chances at becoming president.

And if it were up to me, Democrats wouldn’t even be involved with that investigation at all. I would love to see a non-partisan group investigate whether or not Republicans have unethically exploited this attack and if investigators corrupted the process for political gains. That way, when it was all said and done, no one could complain that any results from that non-partisan investigation were politically motivated. (They would still complain endlessly, but they wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.)

But with Kevin McCarthy’s comment, an ex-investigator accusing Republicans of unethical behavior, a New York member of the House of Representatives admitting that the investigation was largely based around a political attack on Clinton, Trey Gowdy himself admitting that this was all pointless, and the results saying what we already knew years ago — enough is enough. It’s time the American people demand that we investigate Republicans for misuse of the House of Representatives to further a political witch hunt which did nothing but waste time and millions of dollars in the process.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • On one hand I agree: The American people *should* demand a non-partisan investigation into the Republican Party, specifically focused on those who were involved in these pointless investigations.

    On the other hand, how much more time and money are we going to spend on anything related to Benghazi? Haven’t the families of those who were killed suffered enough?

    Maybe it’s time to cut our losses, move on, and get something worthwhile accomplished for a change.

    Wouldn’t it be great if Americans who really do love the USA could set aside the bullshit and be UNITED?

    That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t point out hypocrisy and wrong doing. Damn, though … There are really so many things that need to get done.

    • oldreporter

      i also think we should move on from benghazi and concentrate on what is happening in america. for example, why isn’t rick snyder and his appointed emergency manager in prison for poisoning the water and causing such far reaching damage from lead poisoning? why can we not get over on the nra and pass some reasonable gun laws? issues more important than the benghazi dead horse.

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  • FD Brian

    I think the republicans should reimburse the tax payers for waste of money that was the Benghazi investigation. Will make them think twice about such bone headedness.