Several lawmakers and pundits claimed Friday morning that “nothing new was learned” from Thursday’s 11-hour Benghazi hearing. Headlines cheered on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “emerging largely unscathed” from the hearing.
Here are ten items that we did learn from Thursday’s Benghazi hearing:
1) We learned that after the Committee received nearly 5,000 pages of Ambassador Chris Stevens’ emails, there were no emails between Secretary Hillary Clinton and the ambassador. Clinton admitted at the hearing that he had no direct way to reach her. He did not have her email.
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Mike Pompeo[/crscore]: Stevens didn’t have your email and cell but Sidney Blumenthal did.
Despite being close friends, there were “no call logs” and emails between Clinton and Stevens after she swore him in.
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Susan Brooks[/crscore]: “There are no call logs from him, nothing from the op center that we found. We have no record that you had any conversations with the ambassador after you sworn him in and before he died. You were his boss.”
2) Secretary Clinton laid responsibility on the security division of the State Department and Amb. Stevens for any communications about security requests.
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Lynn Westmoreland[/crscore]: “If I had been Mr. Stevens and I had a relationship with you, and I requested 20 or more times for additional security to protect not only my life, I would’ve gotten in touch with you some way.”
Her “inner circle” did not apparently prioritize for her the hundreds of security requests demanding increased security.
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Peter Roskam[/crscore]: Amb. Stevens’ security requests couldn’t break into your inner circle’s decision-making.
3) No one was held accountable for the Benghazi deaths and the mishandling of the attack.
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Mike Pompeo[/crscore] asked Secretary Clinton if anyone was fired.
4) Clinton “took responsibility” but didn’t have a clear example of how she took responsibility beyond doing the minimum of her job duties.
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Peter Roskam[/crscore] asked her how she took responsibility.
5) Clinton did not talk to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on the day of the attack.
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Martha Roby[/crscore]: Did you speak to Secretary Panetta? Did you talk to General Dempsey?
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Mike Pompeo[/crscore]: Did you ask defense how to get people out? Why was heaven and Earth not moved?
6) We learned what she did the evening of the Benghazi attack: Secretary Clinton went home after she found out Sean Smith and Amb. Chris Stevens had died and she stayed home after the second attack.
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Martha Roby[/crscore]: You left your office on the night of the attacks and went to your home in NW Washington.
7) We learned about her conversation with President Obama the day of Benghazi.
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Martha Roby[/crscore]: How many times did you talk with the president?
8) Clinton’s emails revealed that she knew instantly that it was a terror attack while she publicly blamed a video on the attack.
She privately told family and country leaders that the attack was not film-related. She told Egypt’s Prime Minister Kandil the day after that, “We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack — not a protest.”
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Jim Jordan[/crscore] pressed Sec. Clinton on her public versus private video narrative.
WATCH: 2012 Flashback: President Obama and Secretary Clinton maintained the video narrative days after the attack at September 14th memorial service for Americans killed in Benghzi.
WATCH: 2012 Flashback: UN Ambassador Susan Rice on Face the Nation: “Based on the best information we have to-date, what our assessment is of the present is that it began spontaneously in Benghazi as reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo sparked by this hateful video…”
9) We learned that she passed along unvetted emails from her friend Sidney Blumenthal.
She vaguely knew where Blumenthal’s sensitive information on Libya came from.
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Trey Gowdy[/crscore] asked Clinton about Blumenthal’s sources.
10) Democrats on committee wanted to play politics during the hearing more than finding answers for the Benghazi victims’ family members.
WATCH: Rep. [crscore]Elijah Cummings[/crscore] slammed Republicans on the Benghazi Committee.
WATCH: Chairman [crscore]Trey Gowdy[/crscore] had to remind the Democratic members about the importance of the investigation.