The House Select Committee on Benghazi report on the findings into then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's response to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, seems less likely to release any time soon.
According to Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the committee, the findings of the investigation will likely be released just months before the 2016 presidential election.
Though Gowdy wanted the panel to finish the investigation by the end of 2015, it has run into a delay — which puts a possible reveal of findings conveniently, for Republicans, right before the 2016 presidential election.
"Factors beyond the committee's control, including witness availability, compliance with documents requests, the granting of security clearances and accreditations — all of which are controlled by the Executive branch — could continue to impact the timing of the inquiry's conclusion," committee spokesman Jamal Ware confirmed to Bloomberg News.
Even after the investigation concludes, Ware said the committee needs time to analyze what was collected, compile findings and put conclusions into a written report.
Gowdy said, separately from the committee, that Clinton's presidential aspirations "does not and will not impact the work of the committee."