Feinstein says GOP abusing Benghazi report to blame Clinton


Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) talks to reporters about the Benghazi report outside the Senate chamber in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 15.  (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Republicans are taking her committee's Benghazi report out of context to blame Hillary Clinton.

Feinstein said that some senators and media reports are misconstruing the report, which was released Wednesday, as an indictment of Clinton and proof that she was culpable for the deaths of four Americans at the mission in Benghazi.

"This is patently false," Feinstein said in a statement. "The report approved on a bipartisan basis says no such thing. As a matter of fact, Secretary Clinton is not mentioned a single time in the 58-page bipartisan section of our Benghazi report."

Clinton is mentioned once later in the report, in the section where six of the panel's seven Republicans say she is "ultimately" responsible for the lack of security at the mission and that her actions "clearly made a difference in the lives of the four murdered Americans and their families."

Feinstein said those comments are out of line.

"I regret that the ‘Additional Views’ of the report adopted solely by six members of the Republican minority unfairly criticizes Secretary Clinton," she said.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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