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Democrats' Preemptive Benghazi Report Exonerates Clinton

The minority report takes Republican committee leaders to task for not releasing their main report



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    In this January 23, 2013, file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

    Frustrated by the pace of the investigation, the House Select Committee on Benghazi's Democratic members released their own, 339-page minority report on the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya.

    NBC News reports the Democratic report released Monday exonerates Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of attack, and accuses Republicans of exploiting the tragedy for political gain. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed.

    It's unclear when the committee will release its main report. It will be written by the Republican members of Congress who control the Benghazi committee, which was created two years ago.

    "We are issuing our own report today because, after spending more than two years and $7 million in taxpayer funds in one of the longest and most partisan congressional investigations in history, it is long past time for the Select Committee to conclude its work," the Democratic members of the committee wrote.