Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, railed against the administration Tuesday for failing to deploy military assets to the Libyan city on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, as terrorists overran the U.S. diplomatic compound and killed four Americans.
"Nothing could have reached Benghazi because nothing was ever headed to Benghazi," Gowdy said during a press conference held just hours after his panel published the results of its 25-month investigation.
Democrats have long argued no military forces could have reached Benghazi in time to spare the ambassador and three other U.S. personnel who died in the raid.
But the committee report cast doubt on that assertion by highlighting the fact that Washington never deployed forces for Benghazi.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, noted that while the Pentagon's response did not begin until after the violence had subsided, the White House's political messaging response did begin the night of the attack.
"I think it's important to remember this: don't forget the context," Jordan said. "Libya was supposed to be the crowning jewel of the Clinton State Department foreign policy."
Jordan asserted the Obama administration made a political calculation when it decided to leave a diplomatic presence in Benghazi when other western powers has withdrawn their people in the face of escalating regional violence.
Republican members argued in unison Tuesday that the most damning findings of the investigation included the administration's conscious decision to withhold military intervention for fear of projecting a failure in Libya.
The majority report made public Tuesday highlighted the complete lack of military response to the attack despite orders from the president and then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to expend every effort to rescue the Americans under siege in Benghazi.
Gowdy's findings also shed new light on the behind-the-scenes scramble to present the public with a politically palatable narrative on Benghazi, one that downplayed the role of terrorists in executing the attack.
Democrats attempted to blunt the impact of the panel's probe by releasing their own report Monday. The committee minority argued the two-year investigation yielded no new evidence of foul play and accused Gowdy of abusing his investigative powers to go after Clinton.
But Clinton was not the focus of the 800 pages of findings published Tuesday. The select committee chairman has repeatedly stressed the comprehensive nature of his probe, telling reporters over the past several months that Clinton's involvement in shaping the Benghazi narrative was only one aspect of the investigation.
A spokesman for Clinton's campaign called the select committee a "sham" just hours before the final report was released.
Jordan and Rep. Mike Pompeo put forward a separate analysis earlier Tuesday in which they blasted the administration for twisting available facts to fit a political agenda.