Members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi used the GOP's weekly address on Independence Day weekend to remind listeners about their final report, which found that the four Americans who died in the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the Libya compound were abandoned by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other government officials.
Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, and Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana declared Saturday that because of the panel's two-year investigation, the public now knows American forces were never sent to Benghazi the night four officials were slaughtered by terrorists.
"The real story of Benghazi is truly a tale of two cities. In Benghazi, where our people were valiantly fighting for their lives, and Washington, D.C., where administration officials sat on a teleconference and talked for two hours," the group said.
The committee learned, through more than 81 new interviews and 75,000 pages of documents, that officials in the Obama administration did not lift a finger to help the Americans inside the compound during the 13-hour attack.
"Meanwhile, half a world away in Europe, forces that were ready to respond were forced to wait on the transport and to change into and out of uniform four times," they added. "It is sad and telling that instead of a singular focus on rescuing our people in harm's way, key decision-makers in the administration were worried about a video and the appearance that our rescuers could be perceived as invaders because of the clothes they were wearing."
The three representatives implored the Pentagon, State Department, intelligence community and Congress to follow through on the panel's recommendations.