New Senate Committee Report: Benghazi Attack Was 'Preventable'
A new report just out this morning from the Senate Intelligence Committee is calling the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi "preventable" and faulting the State and Defense Departments. Lawmakers also criticized the Obama administration for failing to bring the attackers to justice.
The report calls out Hillary Clinton's State Department for failing to act after multiple "tripwires" pointed to a deteriorating security situation in eastern Libya. The report stated that officials had ample warnings from the intelligence community and should have increased security at the U.S. Consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed. Three other Americans were also killed in the attack.
The report comes on the heels of newly released documents showing what the White House was told by military leaders as the attack was unfolding.
Catherine Herridge reported that in July 2012 an intelligence report warned that al Qaeda was establishing a sanctuary in and around Benghazi.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) reacted this morning on America's Newsroom, pointing out that the presence of al Qaeda and other extremist groups was well known in the months leading up to the attack.
Martha MacCallum said that this new report once again "begs the question" of why the State Department did not pull out of the location or beef up security, even after Stevens' requests.
"They diminished the security profile, they didn't fortify the physical facilities. That attack was preventable. That comes from the Democrats and the Republicans in the Senate. That's what Hillary Clinton's got to live with," said Chaffetz.
Watch the Chaffetz interview above and Herridge's report below.