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The Benghazi farce deepens: The GOP's conspiracy hunt is undermined from within - Salon.com

Per the Democratic letter, retired Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman, who was until recently the Chief Counsel for the Benghazi committee Republicans, "repeatedly commended the military's actions on the night of the attacks during closed interviews with Defense Department officials." The quotes they dug up from transcripts of interviews are presented without context, so take that as a caveat. But some of them do seem like fairly unequivocal assessments from one of top Republican staffers on the committee that nothing more could have been done militarily to alter the outcome of the Benghazi attacks.

For example, the committee Democrats quote Chipman from a January 2016 interview saying "I would posit from my perspective, having looked at all the materials over the last 18 months, we could not have affected the response to what occurred by 5:15 in the morning on the 12th of September in Benghazi Libya." While interviewing former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Chipman said, according to the committee Democrats: "I think you ordered exactly the right forces to move out and to head toward a position where they could reinforce what was occurring in Benghazi or in Tripoli or elsewhere in the region. And, sir, I don't disagree with the actions you took, the recommendations you made, and the decisions you directed."

by Bernard on Mon May 16th, 2016 at 09:29:12 AM EST

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