Republicans renewed criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of a 2012 terrorist attack on U.S. compounds in Libya, saying officials “willfully perpetuated a deliberately misleading and incomplete narrative.”
In the days following the deadly attacks, White House and senior State Department officials “altered accurate talking points drafted by the intelligence community in order to protect the State Department,” according to the interim report on the Sept. 11 Benghazi assault issued yesterday by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The report faults President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the latest round of a politically charged argument over the circumstances of the raid and its aftermath. Congress must keep pressure on the administration to ensure that it takes all needed steps to find the Benghazi attackers, the Republicans said in the report.
“The failure to respond more assertively to the attacks and to impose meaningful consequences on those who planned and perpetrated them has contributed to a perception of U.S. weakness and retreat,” according to the report released by five Republican committee chairmen. [...]