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Pete Hoekstra: House Report on Benghazi Far From 'Definitive'

By    |   Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 11:30 AM

There are questions swirling about the House Intelligence Committee’s report — released Friday — concluding there was no wrongdoing or intentional misleading by the Obama administration regarding the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, former committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra said Wednesday on "America’s Forum" on Newsmax TV.

Among those killed was Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

The timing, the Friday before Thanksgiving, is suspect, Hoekstra said, as is some of the report's substance.

"One of the questions that was not answered in the Intelligence Committee and that really should have come out of the Intelligence Committee is, what was the CIA’s relationship with various groups in Libya?" he asked.

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"The CIA had been there for an extensive period of time. What did they know? What were the relationships with these groups? The bottom line, there was an intelligence failure."

It’s puzzling, Hoekstra said, that the committee's chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers, would release the report just as Rep. Trey Gowdy’s special committee is in the throes of its multi-faceted investigation.

"Why is the Intelligence Committee releasing a report at this time just as Trey Gowdy and the Select Committee is ratcheting up its work and Trey Gowdy’s committee is going to have jurisdiction over all of the different areas over what the State Department was doing, what the CIA was doing, what the Pentagon was doing and so they will ultimately be the definitive report," he asked.

"Each of the other committees dealt with their slice of the pie and so, Trey Gowdy’s work ultimately will be the definitive work."

The CIA had a "heavy presence" in Benghazi, according to Hoekstra, and "either the groups they were working with were not trustworthy or there were outsiders that were infiltrating, in that they were changing the complexion of the threat in Benghazi that they failed to pick up.

"But ultimately, our intelligence community did not have the information that would have enabled us to make sure that we had either the security in place on Sept. 11 or that we would not have put our ambassador into Benghazi on that day."

Hoekstra also called the Special Operations-led mission with Yemeni troops, which raided an al-Qaida hideout in Yemen on Tuesday, a "big win for the intelligence community."

Six Yemenis, a Saudi national and an Ethiopian were rescued. The troops killed seven al-Qaida members during the rescue mission.

"Those are the kinds of things that we would expect to come out of our intelligence community to come out of our Special Forces, and to come out of our relationship with troops that we have trained in places like Yemen," he said.

"These kinds of rescue missions where number one, the intelligence community has identified accurately where these people are. They have identified accurately what the strength may be of the hostage-holding force, and then developed a strategy to go in and free these folks and extract themselves with minimal casualties.

"That’s a big win for the intelligence community. This is a big win for the Yemen Military forces — so that’s a good day."

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There are questions swirling about the House Intelligence Committee's report concluding there was no wrongdoing by the Obama administration regarding the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, former committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra said Wednesday on "America’s Forum"
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