Since the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the American Diplomatic Compound in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, there have been a number of investigations into the events leading up to and following the attacks. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the Senate in early 2013 about the attacks and accepted full responsibility for the State Department’s failures. She also spoke about security funding that was cut by Congress arguing that those cuts have made United States diplomatic posts less secure around the world and she urged Congress to increase funding to ensure the safety of diplomats.
Since then, the Republicans in the House and Senate have created committees in both houses of Congress to investigate. The Senate conducted a number of investigations, then the House of Representatives voted to create the House Select Committee on Benghazi in 2014. The committee was made up of Republicans and Democrats and spent two years investigating until they released their final report in June 2016.
There committee has been surrounded in controversy since its creation. Democrats have accused Republicans as using the attacks in Benghazi as a way to harm Clinton’s presidential aspirations. Its critics point to the endless investigations, many of which concluded before the committee was created in 2014. Because of this, the Republican majority and the Democratic minority of the committee have agreed on little. In fact, they even have separate websites covering the investigation. These divisions were made more apparent when Clinton testified for over 10 hours before the committee in October 2015.
While the final report offers a detailed timeline of the events leading up to, the events during, and the events following the attack. Despite two years of investigations, document requests, and hearings, the committee failed to find any new evidence that changed the narrative of the attack nor could they prove that Clinton was in any way negligent. Instead, the report largely blames systemic issues for the poor response following the attack.
Following the release of the committee’s report in June 2016, Clinton was asked for her thoughts. She said, “I’ll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it’s pretty clear it’s time to move on.”
While many agree that it is time to move on, we want to ensure that the report, and every other report released on the Benghazi investigation are fully available to readers in the interest of full transparency. Therefore, we have gathered all the internal investigations and reports into the Benghazi attack into one place. Below, you will find a collection of websites for each the investigative committees as well as a collection of hearings and reports released by Congress and the State Department.
- House Select Committee on Benghazi Majority Website
- House Select Committee on Benghazi Minority Website
- House Republican Investigation of Benghazi Website
- U.S. State Department Accountability Review Board