There have been eight investigative hearings regarding the Benghazi attack. Links between Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the Select Committee investigating the attack, and the Stop Hillary Pac have been discovered by the Washington Post. The pac filed a report with the FEC to the effect that it had given $10,000 to Gowdy’s group for "digital messaging delivery and robocalls." Though probably not illegal, I question whether the gift is ethical.
Since the deadly attack in 2012, erroneous reporting by CBS Sixty Minutes, among others, has misled the public. Wikipedia is a valid source for accurate information. Several Republicans have admitted that the investigations have been utilized mainly as a source to discredit Hillary Clinton. One Republican member of the committee was fired because "he resisted focusing exclusively on Hillary Clinton". In the smear campaign against Clinton, much focus has been placed on her e-mails; the DOJ has declared that there have been no improprieties in her use of her server, and nothing wrong with her decision to delete personal emails. Another point of inaccuracy has been the claim that the FBI is conducting a "criminal investigation" into her server use; that is not happening. Gowdy charged that Clinton mishandled classified info when a former intelligence chief for Gaddafi was named in an e-mail of hers; that charge was disputed by the CIA which verified that the chief’s name was not classified.
The Select Committee has not held a single public hearing since January. A California Democrat, Mike Thompson, who sits on the panel, confirmed that intelligence agencies did not have specific tactical warning of an attack beforehand, that the attackers were al Qaeda, Khadafy loyalists and Libyan militias. He further stated that there was no "stand-down order" issued to American personnel offering assistance, and no illegal activity or illegal arms transfers by U. S. personnel. My info comes from Daily Kos, Huffington Post and Newsmax.
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Judy B. Beeman