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US Won't Seek Death Penalty Against Benghazi Suspect

He's been described as the ringleader of the attack that killed 4 Americans

(Newser) - The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a US ambassador and three other Americans, the AP reports. The department revealed its decision in a court filing that provided no explanation. His attorneys had... More »

Benghazi CIA Chief: I Didn't Issue Stand-Down

Former CIA chief in Benghazi has issues with '13 Hours'

(Newser) - There has long been a question of whether someone ordered a security team to "stand down" rather than hurrying to the rescue of the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, and in the new "Benghazi movie," 13 Hours, the highest-ranking CIA operative at a... More »

Trump Will Treat You to the Benghazi Movie Tonight

If you live in Iowa and are somehow able to RSVP

(Newser) - Moviegoers in Urbandale, Iowa, can take in the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for free Friday night … courtesy of Donald Trump. He's rented out space at the Carmike Cobblestone 9 Theatre and anyone who RSVPs can attend the 6pm showing free. That's an $8... More »

Hillary Gets 3 Pinocchios on Email Claim

Washington Post: '90 to 95%' stat didn't come from the State Department

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton may have emerged from her marathon grilling before the House Benghazi panel in fine shape , but she was unable to definitively answer one question in particular. After she repeated her assertion that "90 to 95%" of her emails were in the State Department's system anyway, panel... More »

Clinton Fundraising Spikes After Benghazi Hearing

Her biggest hour of online fundraising came immediately after the hearing

(Newser) - Critics of Hillary Clinton aren't going to be happy to hear this: The Hill reports Clinton's campaign had its best hour of online fundraising immediately following the end of Thursday's 11-hour Benghazi hearing. "People were apparently paying attention and were moved by it," campaign staffer... More »

5 Takes on the Clinton Hearing

It was a 'boring triumph' for her

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton faced an 11-hour grilling by the House Benghazi committee on Thursday, and the consensus is that she managed to emerge largely unscathed from the marathon hearing, which included discussion of her emails and a tense exchange about Sidney Blumenthal . But, as panel chief Trey Gowdy admitted afterward, it... More »

It's Over: Clinton Hearing Runs 11 Hours

It was tense and loud at times

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton had to pause for a lozenge at the 10-and-a-half-hour mark, and her grilling by the House Benghazi committee wrapped up 30 minutes later. The assessments of the hearing, which was occasionally tense and Blumenthal-centric , will soon start rolling in, but the Washington Post offers up an instant one... More »

'Blumenthal Emails' Take Star Turn at Hearings

Republicans press Clinton on why he had such access

(Newser) - Those tuning in to the Hillary Clinton Benghazi hearings Thursday might have been surprised to hear one name coming up again and again: Sidney Blumenthal. As NBC News explains, Blumenthal is a longtime ally of both Bill and Hillary Clinton—in fact he covered Bill Clinton as a reporter in... More »

Clinton: 'I've Lost More Sleep Than All of You'

She refutes accusations about misleading the public

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is in the midst of a tense, daylong hearing on the Benghazi attack, and Republicans weren't holding back. At one point, Rep. Jim Jordan accused Clinton's State Department of misleading the public in the aftermath, reports the Washington Post . "Americans can live with the fact... More »

What to Know as Clinton Testifies on Benghazi

It gets underway Thursday morning

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton dodged one obstacle in her quest to the Democratic nomination Wednesday when Joe Biden opted not to run . Can she remove another Thursday? She'll be testifying before a House panel investigating the Benghazi attack, an investigation that incorporates her use of a private email server as secretary... More »

Fired Investigator: Benghazi Panel Is a Clinton Witchhunt

Committee denies partisan slant, says former employee is sour grapes

(Newser) - The House committee investigating Benghazi is taking more heat , this time from one of its own former investigators, Major Bradley Podliska, who tells CNN that the investigation focused solely on Hillary Clinton after her personal email server was revealed, and had descended into "a partisan investigation." Podliska, a... More »

GOP Benghazi Remarks May Be 'Gift' to Clinton

Kevin McCarthy, likely next House speaker, takes flak

(Newser) - The man expected to be next the House speaker is backtracking after making comments about the Hillary Clinton Benghazi investigation that quickly backfired. "I did not intend to imply in any way that that work is political," said Rep. Kevin McCarthy on Fox Thursday night, per AP . "... More »

Clinton Will Testify in Public on Benghazi

House committee continues its investigation

(Newser) - Two of Hillary Clinton's favorite topics—Benghazi and her email server—aren't going away:
  • Benghazi: Clinton has agreed to testify publicly before a House panel investigating the 2012 attack that left four Americans dead, reports the Washington Post . Her testimony on Oct. 21 will be public. The Clinton
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State Dept. Says Hillary Didn't Turn Over 15 Emails

Department cross-referenced her files to those of longtime adviser

(Newser) - The State Department is still poring over 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton emails, but officials made an important announcement yesterday: She didn't turn over at least 15 work-related emails as requested, the New York Times reports. How the discovery was made: The House committee looking into the Benghazi... More »

Pentagon: Iraq Strike Killed Benghazi Suspect

Al-Harzi was key ISIS connection, military says

(Newser) - An ISIS operative suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, has been killed in a US airstrike in Iraq, the Pentagon says. Ali Awni al-Harzi operated closely with ISIS-associated extremists "throughout North Africa and the Middle East," a Defense Department... More »

First Clinton Emails on Benghazi Are Out

So far: She got sensitive, but not classified, info on her personal server

(Newser) - If you were hoping to spend the long weekend reading Hillary Clinton emails about Benghazi, you're in luck: The State Department has released the first batch of about 300 from her personal email account , missives that have been turned over to a House panel investigating the 2012 attack. Reporters... More »

Former Top Spook Spills His National Security Fears

Starting with an al-Qaeda attack on home soil

(Newser) - Michael Morell may have left his post as acting director of the CIA, but he's still haunted by fears of another attack like 9/11, which he guesses would involve al-Qaeda bringing down an airliner on American soil, potentially killing hundreds of people. "If that happened tomorrow, I would... More »

Hillary Agrees to Testify on Benghazi, Emails

But not for two days, thank you very much

(Newser) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is willing to testify once on Capitol Hill later this month about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya , and her email practices during her tenure as secretary of state, her attorney told lawmakers in a letter today. Lawyer David Kendall says the Democratic presidential candidate will appear for... More »

In Clinton's Benghazi Emails, No Cover-Up, but Worry

Clinton appears to have written to staffers at private email addresses

(Newser) - The New York Times is offering a look into Hillary Clinton's emails as secretary of state—though that glimpse comes via anonymous officials rather than the 300 or so Benghazi-related emails she turned over to the House last month. Despite allegations by some Republicans, there's no indication in... More »

House Benghazi Panel to Subpoena Clinton's Emails

Committee wants all those from her personal accounts related to the attack

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's email trouble keeps getting worse. A House committee investigating the US response to the 2012 Benghazi attack plans to subpoena Clinton's personal emails from her days as secretary of state, reports the Washington Post . The move follows revelations that Clinton bypassed government email and used personal... More »

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