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Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, U.S. Senator Jim Risch helped produce and voted for the bipartisan report on the terrorist attacks against the U.S. Temporary Mission Facility in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012:

“This report does not answer all questions due to the administration stonewalling and frustrating the inquiry as detailed in the report,” said Risch.  “It does however move toward understanding this attack and the dereliction of decision making that could have kept our diplomats safe.   Despite these facts, President Obama still refuses to hold people accountable for their role in this terrible tragedy, all while al-Qaeda and its affiliates have spread throughout North Africa. 

“It is also clear that in the run-up to an election, President Obama and his surrogates attempted to manipulate the facts about this obvious terrorist attack in order to fit their political narrative.”

A very few findings of this report include:

  • Despite President Obama’s claims at the time that al-Qaeda was on the run, this report highlights that al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda-linked groups were responsible for the terrorist attacks that killed the U.S. Ambassador
  • Efforts of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to conduct its investigation were impeded regularly by the Obama Administration.  This is especially true of the administration’s stonewalling on the evolution of the unclassified talking points
  • The fact that the perpetrators of the Benghazi terror attacks have not been brought to justice represents a diplomatic failure on the part of the Obama Administration

The full report can be found via this link.