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‘Nobody Did Anything Wrong’ on Benghazi?


The subject of this week’s fact-checking collaboration with CNN’s Jake Tapper is Hillary Clinton’s comment that all of the government investigations into the terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi concluded that “nobody did anything wrong.” That’s not exactly accurate.

Four Americans were killed Sept. 11, 2012, at a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi and a nearby CIA annex. An independent board blamed “leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels” for “inadequate” security at the department’s diplomatic facility. A bipartisan Senate report said the department should have “closed or temporarily shut down” its diplomatic mission, calling the decision to leave it open “a grievous mistake.”

The department reassigned four senior officials after its own investigation. For more, see our item “Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi Reports.”