A 339-page report released by Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi mentions Donald Trump 23 times.
That total is more than the combined number of references to Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, two of the former Navy SEALs killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was also killed during the onslaught, is mentioned 85 times in the report, according to Republicans on the Select Committee.Sean Smith, a State Department information specialist who also died in Benghazi, is named 36 times in the report, which the Democrats released along with transcripts of interviews of dozens of witnesses interviewed during the Committee’s investigation.
Democrats, led by Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, have accused Republicans of using its investigation to target Clinton politically. The report asserts that Clinton was “active and engaged” during and after the Benghazi attacks. They also say that the investigation has been a waste of taxpayer dollars.
“Decades in the future, historians will look back on this investigation as a case study in how not to conduct a credible investigation,” the Democrats’ report reads. “They will showcase the proliferation of Republican abuses as a chief example of what happens when politicians are allowed to use unlimited taxpayer dollars — and the formidable power of Congress — to attack their political foes.” (RELATED: Benghazi Committee Democrats Still Don’t Know What Caused Attacks)
Republicans, whose report will be published soon, have accused Democrats of stonewalling the investigation. Democrats have not interviewed any witnesses about the attacks or the security measures in place beforehand, Republicans say.
“As Chairman Gowdy has said, this is not about one person. This investigation is about the four brave Americans we lost in Libya: Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty,” Benghazi Committee spokesman Matt Wolking said in a statement.
“That is how the Majority has conducted its thorough investigation, and we look forward to revealing the new information we have uncovered to the families and the American people.”
According to Wolking, the book-length report mentions Clinton 334 times. The term “Republicans” appears 200 times.
There are 20 references to Clinton ally David Brock and his super PAC Correct the Record. The group has been heavily critical of the Benghazi Committee’s investigation.