Republicans Won’t Release Benghazi Report Until 2016, Claim Timing Has Nothing To Do With Election

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Image credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

September 11, 2015 will mark the third anniversary of the terrorist attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya that tragically took the lives of four Americans. And as most are well aware of, it’s also an attack Republicans have pathetically tried to politicize in a desperate attempt to slander both President Obama and Hillary Clinton.


Of course, this is despite multiple investigations (even one recently led by Republicans) concluding that there was no conspiracy, cover-up or any other sort of nefarious behavior stemming from the Obama administration concerning the attack. Yet despite those facts, that hasn’t stopped conservatives from doing everything they possibly can to perpetuate this idea that there’s still a lot of unanswered questions concerning the attack.

There aren’t – because we already what happened. Hell, we’ve known what happened for a while now. The only people buying into this ridiculous Republican witch hunt are conservatives who continue to blindly trust the right-wing media which, of course, isn’t telling them that even Republican-led investigations have concluded that all of these absurd conspiracies surrounding the attack have been soundly debunked.

But we all know why Republicans continue to try to keep this “story” in the news – they want to use it against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

That was basically confirmed when a report from Bloomberg stated that another Republican-led investigation into the 2012 attack won’t be released until next year.

How convenient.  Who could have ever predicted Republicans would string this circus out until 2016? Oh, I did – two years ago.

“Factors beyond the committee’s control, including witness availability, compliance with documents requests, the granting of security clearances and accreditations—all of which are controlled by the Executive branch—could continue to impact the timing of the inquiry’s conclusion,” Jamal Ware, spokesman for the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi said in a statement.

In other words, Republicans are comically trying to blame the delay in this new investigation on the Obama administration.


If anyone believed for even a second that Republicans weren’t going to drag this out up until just before the 2016 presidential election, they’re either lying to themselves, naive or both.

It’s been so blatantly obvious what Republicans have been trying to do with this entire ordeal that I’ve suggested that Republicans need to be investigated for wasting millions of taxpayers dollars conducting frivolous investigations for political purposes. Because that’s exactly what they’re doing.

The truth is, Republicans are conducting these fake investigations in a desperate attempt to find anything they might possibly be able to link back to any number of already debunked conspiracies they’ve been pushing for years.

Of course, that’s not how “investigations” are supposed to work. An investigation is supposed to be someone, or a group of people, using facts to figure out what occurred during a certain event. But when it comes to the Benghazi attack, we already know what happened. These “investigations” are nothing more than petty partisan politics to find anything they might be able to use next year to say, “See! Hillary Clinton was involved in a massive cover-up of incompetence and deceit, she can’t be trusted!” 

They already know that it won’t matter if what they’ll say next year is true or not; Republicans know that all they need to try to do is create enough uncertainty surrounding Hillary that it might be just enough to get people to vote against her. And if that strategy works, which is clearly what they’re doing with this, it won’t matter if their lies are debunked after the election – because by then it will be too late.

The saddest part of all of this isn’t how pathetically transparent Republicans are being with this, but that tens of millions of Americans are too blind to see it.



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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  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Since when did repukes play politics with horsesh… investigations….? Let me guess, the release date will be Nov. 1, 2016. Fox and the repubes just can’t wait for another Bush and 2 or 3 more wars, and will do anything to attempt to make it happen.

    There still isn’t anything to see with these silly investigations but that won’t stop the Fox Propaganda channel from pretending like there is, and hoping just enough dumb people believe it to sway the results.

    • Frank DiChutney

      You have no idea if there isn’t anything to see.

      The Select Committee on Hillary’s Email Server, the Clinton Goundation and Oh Yeah, Benghazi would’ve been a lot further on down the road if Hillary had released all her email to them before. None of the other committees had all of them. It’s Hillary’s play to delay this thing hoping her flying monkeys like you and Allen would say it was because of the Republicans. Pretty much how she wanted it. It’s why she wiped the server clean, too.

      She’s corrupt, Creation. Move on and quit crying about it. Life’s too short.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        if anyone should move on, its you. You are still living in a fantasy world and still trolling here…more than a little pathetic

      • Frank DiChutney

        Watch The Kelly File tonight, Creation. Learn something.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Sorry, I don’t watch propaganda. Someday you will realize that it’s not a news source if the message of the day and week has already been predetermined prior to actual events.

      • Randy Nichols

        Says the buffoon that thinks forward progressive is a legitimate news source LOL.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        what are you doing here again….shouldn’t you be working? Or did you get fired again

      • Randy Nichols

        I am here to mess with fringe leftist, and watch them meltdown over hillaryous.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Stormfront misses you

      • Randy Nichols

        Huh?

      • Flat Banana

        Lol, 95% of the citations this “author” uses goes back to his old articles and just keeps looping back to him and his personal opinion on everything. There is no backed up information in here, except for one point where he cites Bloomberg.

      • Brian

        Straw man

    • Randy Nichols

      Propaganda? Hillaryous is dirty and a crook. That is the fact of life. I know you don’t care if she is dirty since you have no requirement for integrity in your candidates but it will definitely have an impact on those that are not regulars on fringe leftist websites… The meltdown is going to be fun to watch.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Who are your candidates? Clown after clown after clown. there is not one single qualified repube in the bunch. Move along son

      • Randy Nichols

        You dimwitt, can’t you even come up with something original, the clown and clown car references were dished out in talking points to you brain dead morons long ago. Why do you think I come to these sites, it is so I get a heads up on the dim talking points.. since none of you think for yourself I can come here and freak them out on other sites by knowing what they are going to say.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Sure. How is your ugly wife? Sleeping on the couch I see….

      • Randy Nichols

        Are you still pretending to be in the Army LOL.. which is really pathetic.. but as I have learned you are a really pathetic person.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I don’t have to pretend anything. How is your pathetic life today?

      • Randy Nichols

        Life is good.. making lots of money. Oil prices starting to go back up so my royalty checks for oil and gas will be going back up.. all is good over here.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        LOL….oh sure, you sure look like you are rich. your delusions of adequacy are kind of sad.

      • Randy Nichols

        What does rich look like? Never said I was rich.. though the democrat party seems to think that I am since I pay a lot of taxes and they say they only want to tax the rich.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        sorry bud, but you really don’t pay that much in taxes. You really don’t know what you are talking about and only believe what Glenn Beck and world nut daily tells you. I pity idiots like you who believe that tripe

      • Randy Nichols

        LOL you are a one trick pony aren’t you. I probably paid more in taxes than you made, not that it would take much. You get all your news from Foolish Progressives, and MSNBCPMS, since the left doesnt have anyone that can make it on radio I can’t imagine who you listen to there. you seem to have a crush on beck so I suspect you listen to him while you know doing your little thing

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        yeah, sure you did money bags….BWAAHAAAHAA…. Again, you are a pathetic small town loser who is just dying to be noticed. You bagger trolls really are sad.

      • Randy Nichols

        Small town, I live in suburb you nitwitt, get a map. You live what in pacific northwest LOL, I have been up there, really backwards people even in the cities.

      • Randy Nichols

        Where are you from, with a name like crayon, indonesia, bangledesh, some backward country like that where they breed with sheep and goats

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Always wonder

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        LOL…I have no idea where you live. You aren’t that important. You sure act like a small town hayseed though so I assume hickville Oklahoma / Texass or something similar. Am I close?

      • Randy Nichols

        LOL.. I am from a city of over a million people. You such an ignorant swine.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        amazing. Did you just move because last week was a different story. Just like a bagger, can’t keep your story straight. 20K last week and now it’s over a million. smh

      • Randy Nichols

        I live in suburb of 20K, outside of city I was born in… Hence “from” the city I was born is over million doofus.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Do you have a “better” word to describe your ridiculous collection of incompetent candidates?

    • Flat Banana

      Lets take a step back not too far ago to when Dems were telling everyone you can read what is in it when its approved….. Oh Pelosi you moron.

  • guesterer

    Won’t change my vote for Hillary 2016!!

    • Frank DiChutney

      She won’t be the nominee. This morning’s bombshell preceded a new poll by Quinnipiac showing Americans overwhelmingly view her as untrustworthy. By a whopping margin of 54-38.

      Wait till it sinks in that Russia is giving that uranium to Iran.

      That’s why Joe Biden is waiting in the wings so quietly.

      She’s toast.

      • guesterer

        Eh, I’ll believe that when I see it k =)

      • Frank DiChutney

        If I was a Democrat and had no say in who the nominee was and no other choice, I’d probably say the same thing. If there was damning information that she didn’t disclose donations from foreign countries and she wiped out the private server, I’d pretend the guy reporting it was a partisan hack, too.

        As to the topic at hand, the timing in the Select Committee’s findings go is all on Hillary. Wiping out the server only drug it out longer. Seems weird you guys are whining about it.

      • guesterer

        I’m not politically affiliated with any party. Idc what happens in the end but if she is the nominee I’ll vote for her. Just because.

      • Charles Vincent

        That’s a stupid reason to vote for anything or anyone… no wonder our country is circling the toilet bowl.

      • guesterer

        Voting doesn’t matter anymore dingbat. They’re not elected by the average citizen or don’t tell me you actually thought your vote mattered? lol

      • Charles Vincent

        On the national level no but it does locally. I also realize that the dems and repubs are one and the same.
        P.S.
        Can you tell me why it doesn’t matter?

      • guesterer

        Electoral college. And yes I know that for local elections your vote does matter and in those I vote for the best candidate not just because they’re either dem or rep. etc because I agree, they’re one in the same.

      • Charles Vincent

        The electoral college is a smaller reason. The CU decision, and the 17th amendment are two larger ones.

      • guesterer

        I’ll look that up thanks.

      • Charles Vincent

        Glad I could help.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Bush proved to everyone that voting matters. He won only because his brother stole Florida for him and proceeded to destroy this country.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        you have no idea of national politics since you live in a tiny ass hick town and wonder why everyone else doesn’t do the same. try a city sometime and you will realize that not all politics is local, DA

      • Charles Vincent

        They are local clear up to the state level keep whining simian.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        voting does matter. Take a look at 2000. Bush was able to destroy this country because repubes convinced enough people that voting didn’t matter. Don’t let that happen again. The GOP only knows how to f… shit up.

      • Frank DiChutney

        Why are you voting for her and announcing it here if your vote doesn’t matter? That makes no sense.

        And why are you announcing it with an exclamation mark that no amount of corruption will change your mind, if you have no affiliation with either party?

      • guesterer

        Gee idk, because it doesn’t matter and I can do as I please? What’s the difference if it doesn’t matter in the end as long as I’m happy and life goes on? Does it makes a difference to you what I do if it doesn’t affect your life?

      • Frank DiChutney

        No, but you don’t make any sense, that’s all. You look like a buffoon placing two exclamation marks telling us it doesn’t matter to you how corrupt and dishonest she is you’re still voting for her no matter, then telling us your vote won’t matter.

      • guesterer

        Please tell me which politician you will vote for and then tell us they’re not corrupt. That way we can see how stupid you’ll look too.
        My comment was a joke lol because the whole system is a joke.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        You voted for Bush, the single worst president in our history. Go troll somewhere else

      • Charles Vincent

        Ah the mouthbreather is back.. and armed with more baseless theories.
        Actually my simian friend I didn’t vote in either 2000 or 2004 because no one was worth either the effort to go to the polling place or actually getting my vote.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        yep, here you are. Mouthbreather. you should change your name to that

      • Charles Vincent

        What’s next the 1st grade “I’m rubber…” comeback? Ah well par for your intellectual capacity I suppose.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        you small town douches crack me up

      • Charles Vincent

        how puerile….

      • Randy Nichols

        Crayon or whatever his name is was trying to tell me last week he is in the Army and was 20 year vet. That is the kind of cretin you dealing with.

      • Randy Nichols

        Democrats do not demand integrity in their candidates. So that is why she will stay in the race.

      • guesterer

        choosing and voting down party lines is moronic.

      • Randy Nichols

        yes it is.. if the Republicans put up crap candidate I won’t vote for them.. I could not vote for McCain and didn’t. Romney I voted for because after 4 years of knowing what we had in Obama I would have voted for anything breathing over him.

      • guesterer

        What terrible times we live in that we can’t trust a single leader.

      • Randy Nichols

        Please let Joe Run, he will be good for a lot of laughs during the campaign. He can’t win, but he is the one possible liberal candidate that does not come across as perpetually constipated and angry.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        LOL….you believe Schweizer…..LOL…good luck fella. You know nothing and believe anything baggers paid by the Kochs feed you. Learn how to critically think, and do it soon

      • Flat Banana

        At least they have O’Malley hahaha. He is a disaster and ruined Maryland, it has taken a republican business man in Maryland to restore order.

      • flopdog

        I live for this stuff. From the Quinnipiac poll:

        “In a general election matchup, Clinton gets 45 percent of American voters to 43 percent for Rubio. She leads other top Republicans:

        45 – 40 percent over Christie;

        46 – 42 percent over Paul;

        47 – 42 percent over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee;

        46 – 39 percent over Bush;

        46 – 41 percent over Walker;

        48 – 41 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

        Voters say 62 – 34 percent that she has strong leadership qualities, besting Republican men by margins of 10 percentage points or higher.

        Voters approve 50 – 45 percent of the job Clinton did as Secretary of State. They support 53 – 43 percent a Congressional investigation into her e-mail use, but say 51 – 44 percent that such an investigation would be politically motivated rather than justified.”

        http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2221

      • Frank DiChutney

        Hardly a silver lining given she’s been running for that job since she finally stepped down in July of 2008 against Obama and most match ups are against people who haven’t announced. Head to head polls are meaningless this early. Polls on character traits such as trustworthiness and honesty are important. She’s tanking a week after announcing. Not good. Republicans don’t have to do anything except sit back and watch her campaign implode. .

      • flopdog

        I’m just sick of 20 months of campaign. I agree that whatever is in the polls or predictions right now are meaningless, and I really don’t want to constantly hear who might/might not consider running, useless polls almost two years ahead. They spend so long trying to get the job. Shouldn’t they go do the job rather than try and dominate the news cycle for the next 600 days?

        This goes for the whole lot of them. I like how the UK does it. Announce an election. Have it five weeks later. Done.

    • Randy Nichols

      Of course not.. she could take crap on the capitol steps while cutting the head off puppies and you would vote for her. You do not demand integrity in your candidates and this is what you get. Seriously does Hillaryous represent the best of what the left is about.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        you will vote bagger regardless of any mountain of evidence. You are a total loser troll. When did you stop beating your wife anyway?

      • Randy Nichols

        I still beat her, she likes it rough LOL. So how is your lover, is he doing OK, last time I talked to you, you and him were doing the army fantasy thing or something.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I figured you did, otherwise she wouldn’t be that horribly disfigured. I pity her for having to deal with you. By the way, you will never be the man that she is.

      • Randy Nichols

        How are your hemorrhoids, I know you had to keep your boyfriend away for a while because of them. But as I recall you really had a thing for tea bagging, so is that how you have been keeping him happy.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        weak

      • Randy Nichols

        Speechless huh LOL.. are you guys getting married soon. I will make you a cake.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        even if I were gay, who cares. Would that ruin your marriage in any way? Does your small government philosophy really need to know everybody’s every single move? And I find your obsession with hemorrhoids a little disturbing. Is this a thing you small town hayseeds are really turned on by, or what….

        And your cake making offer is showing your closet homosexuality. No wonder you are so curious about me

      • Randy Nichols

        Cake making is homosexual? I didn’t know that, then why all the fuss about cakes and homosexual weddings? What kind of liberal are you, calling people homosexual like it is a put down.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        it’s not an insult. I’m glad you are finally coming out as I wouldn’t want you to continue to pray the gay away with Marcus Bachman

      • doc holiday

        Hell, you right wing nut don’t even demand brains from yours.

      • Randy Nichols

        Not only do you not hold your candidates to any standards of integrity or decency, but also most liberals do not have the intellect to know whether their candidates have even average intelligence. That is made evident by comments like yours that lacks any kind of imagination, or any factual example presented.. and you just sound juvenile. You might try growing up and understanding how the world works and learn some history, and basic economics and then form a idea or thought on your own.

  • Michael Siever

    If Hillary can be forgiven for Vince Foster, Whitewater, etc., she will be forgiven for Benghazi.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      StormFront misses you.

  • Clintorous

    This Russian uranium mine deal will be the end of Clinton’s run.Is the MSM even covering it?

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Oh jeebus……is that really your outrage du jour? You will literally be mad anything World Nut Daily tells you to be mad about.

      • Frank DiChutney

        Try Washington Post, New York Times, and by tomorrow, every newspaper in America.

        What are you doing, Creation, auditioning for a research fellow position at MMfA?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        source is a Koch funded hack. Guess again. Another GOP character assasination attempt. They can’t beat her on policy or ideas so time to slander, again.

      • Jim Valley

        By the time this fizzles, you will be on to another non-scandal and won’t even notice. This is what conservatives do.

      • Frank DiChutney

        The flow of cash to the Clinton Foundation for Russian control of a uranium company would end the career of anyone else. With the Clinton lackeys with no other viable candidates, it only further strengthens their resolve. It’s amazing to witness. You have no shame, Jim. None.

        Benghazi didn’t fizzle. Otherwise Allen Clifton wouldn’t be moaning like a stuck pig about the Select Committee’s forecast of a release date for their findings.

        This latest scandal won’t fizzle, either. It’s far worse. Your only strategy is impugning the messenger. It’s what liberals always do.

      • Jim Valley

        ALL conservative non-scandals fizzle. These will too. Remember when IRS-gate was going to bring down the president? Remember Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate, Vince Foster, and the White House Christmas card list non-scandals from the 90s? All fizzled. Why you think this long-standing pattern will suddenly change right NOW is unclear to me.

      • Frank DiChutney

        I don’t remember anyone saying it as going to take down the president. Nice straw man. Lois Lerner pleaded the Fifth. Obama stonewalled. Holder pursued Ferguson and stayed away from the IRS. Business as usual for this WH. Obama’s perceptions of honesty and integrity took a huge hit. And if you recall, Democrats were crushed in the 2012 midterms. Hardly a ‘fizzle’.

        In Whitewater, 15 Clinton cronies were convicted of more than 50 crimes. Ultimately Clinton was impeached as a result of the investigations. That too was hardly a fizzle.

        Lastly, Hillary had a 40-50 pt lead on Obama this time 8 years ago, and screwed it up. Dem voters were leary of all the past scandal baggage from her past even though she and her husband both escaped convictions. One could hardly describe her past scandals as having no adverse effects on her or them having ‘fizzled’.

        Her trustworthiness numbers were 54-38 two days ago per Quinnipiac. 54% of Americans think your only candidate is untrustworthy, Jim. Before this latest bombshell. Think about that for a minute. Let it soak in.

        She’s too much of a coward to come before the American people and explain why she wiped out her private server and why her husband accepted bribes from the Russians. The last time she tried that, it was found she was lying about nearly everything. So her choice now is to do that again, or let you Media Matter research fellow wannabe’s try to speak for her by calling this a non-scandal once again.

        Heh.

      • Frank DiChutney

        Even the NY Times editorial board is bashing her and imploring her to come clean.

        Not good for a non-scandal, Jim. If you’re a Dem and the NY Times tells you to come clean, you know it’s not looking good for your campaign.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        How many non-scandals are we at now? 19 and counting? The right wing scandal machine is just the boy who cried wolf, once again.

      • Frank DiChutney

        Keep wishing. Pay no attention to Hillary’s diving trustworthiness polls. Who cares if folks don’t trust her or think she’s honest, right? Non issues. Vast right wing conspiracy. This will all blow over. No way they’d take bribes.

        Heh.

      • Jim Valley

        “I don’t remember anyone saying [Solyndra is] going to take down the president.”

        You should read the article titled “Obama’s Pet Billionaire at Solyndra May Take White House Down”, published by Fox “News” In September 2011. There you will find this:

        “The demise of Solyndra has already sparked an FBI investigation, congressional hearings, and raised numerous questions of political cronyism and corruption connected to the highest levels of the Obama Administration. ”

        Do I need to remind you that nothing whatsoever came of those “numerous questions”, and that Solyndra did not in fact “take the White House down”? This is the kind of thing I am talking about.

      • Frank DiChutney

        Hyperbole from one author that you dishonestly use to paint all conservatives with.

        You okay that intellectually dishonest game frequently, Jim. It’s old and boring.

        Do I need to remind you how many liberals swore the Valerie Plame affair was going to take down Cheney and Rove for sure, maybe even Bush, too?

      • Jim Valley

        And where is YOUR specific citation or link?

      • Randy Nichols

        You do realize this site is the left version of world net daily?

    • Randy Nichols

      The MSM will wait on DNC orders on whether they cover it. If DNC wants Hillaryous to run they will circle the wagons and withhold coverage and whitewash whatever news about it does trickle out.

    • Jim Valley

      Yes. And Solyndra will bring down the president.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Pipercat

    Ah, the committee chairman know more for his coif than by his accomplishments.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Baggers think they have something on Hillary again…..too funny. Repubes will believe anything.

    • Jim Valley

      I’m surprised they aren’t planning to bring back Whitewater and Vince Foster…or maybe they are!

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    And when this passes since the source is a total liar bought and paid for by the Kochs, the reich wingers will just pretend like nothing happened. Their hatred for this country is pathetic and predictable.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    So now we are to suppose that the Saudis are the bad guys since they have now given to the Clinton Foundation. When they give to the GOP, they are good people and worthy of hugs by both former presidents Bush. When they give to Democrats, they are evil. Oh baggers…..try to be consistent at some point in your life.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    One more non-scandal for Hillary that is “sure” to do her in….. The GOP scandal machine gets more ridiculous each and every time it cries wolf. smh

  • Clintoris

    Two words…Clinton Cash.Hillary’s world is about to come crashing down around her.Rubio 2016!

  • BalmerHon60

    Odd that no one mentions that the CIA was running MPADs to Syria from Benghazi (an actual scandal)…

  • Dalien

    Teapublican’ts are bitter, bitter cowards.

  • ScienceABC123

    Wow. Did the author/editor of this article even consider contacting the other side for comments, or was listening only to Democrats fair and balanced in their minds?

  • deadswitch

    Tell that to the Marines.