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Rep. Van Hollen Says New Benghazi Report Found "Nothing New"

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U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen paid a visit to WBOC on Tuesday. (Photo: WBOC) U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen paid a visit to WBOC on Tuesday. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. (AP/WBOC  Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, says there was no need for Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee to invest in a report looking into the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The report, released Tuesday, harshly faulted the Obama administration for lax security and a slow response to the deadly 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya. But they produced no new allegations about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Benghazi had been previously investigated by three committees in the house, chaired by republicans, and a couple committees in the senate,” Van Hollen said. “Everything that there was to learn about Benghazi and that tragedy had been learned and this special committee has come up with absolutely nothing new."         

The attacks, which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, have been repeatedly cited by Republicans as a serious failure by the administration and by Clinton, who now is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.
But the committee's 800-page report, released by Republican members, offered no "smoking gun" about Clinton's role. Panel chairman Trey Gowdy has said the report was not aimed at her, though Democrats have accused the committee's Republican majority of targeting her throughout.
The report from the two-year, $7 million investigation does include severe criticism of the military, CIA and administration officials for their response as the attacks unfolded the night of Sept. 11, 2012, and their subsequent explanation to the American people.

Military leaders have testified repeatedly that they didn't have intelligence information on what was happening or the resources on alert to respond in time to the two attacks, hours apart.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who helped write the Republican report, told CNN that "too little effort was made to protect" Stevens and the others. "We didn't move heaven and earth to get help to the people who were fighting for their lives," he said.

Van Hollen, who is also a candidate for U.S. Senate, describes what happened in Benghazi as a tragedy. While he does not agree with the money spent on the Republican report, he said, "We need to do a better job of protecting a lot of our folks overseas. There are always risks, we need to do a better job to mitigate those risks."

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