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Feinstein: House Benghazi panel has nothing on Clinton

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., shown here with Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has slammed the House of Representatives’ investigation of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2013.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., shown here with Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has slammed the House of Representatives’ investigation of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2013. AP

As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepared to testify before the House of Representatives on Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said a Republican-led hearing into a 2012 terrorist attack in Libya that killed four Americans isn’t likely to reveal anything new about her role in it.

Clinton will testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is investigating the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stephens was among those who died.

Feinstein, who oversaw a 16-month investigation of the attack when she was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused House Republicans of “wasting time and money in an effort to disparage” the Democratic presidential candidate.

The Senate panel examined thousands of pages of intelligence and State Department documents. After dozens of hearings, briefings and interviews, it found no wrongdoing by Clinton, who led the State Department in President Barack Obama’s first term. The final report made 18 recommendations and received unanimous support in the committee, Feinstein noted Wednesday.

“We know what happened in Libya and we know what needs to be done to prevent future tragedies,” she said in a statement. “I hope that once Secretary Clinton has testified, House Republicans will finally turn their attention to implementing existing recommendations and support the funds needed to protect our diplomats.”

The House Benghazi panel was formed in May 2014, and Democrats have criticized it as a politically motivated effort designed to damage Clinton’s presidential prospects.

However, other congressional committees and the bipartisan independent Accountability Review Board have looked into the assault, and nearly all of them criticized the Clinton State Department for insufficiently addressing security issues at the diplomatic facility in Benghazi.

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