Democratic presidential candidate Clinton appears at Georgetown University in Washington

Democrats blast U.S. House Benghazi probe as out to get Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Clinton appears at Georgetown University in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats on Wednesday criticized a Republican-led probe of the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, as a political assault on Hillary Clinton, citing a possible delay in its final report until 2016, while a related State Department letter seen by Reuters stoked further controversy. The letter described the investigating committee’s “top priority” as collecting Clinton’s emails about Benghazi, a disclosure likely to fuel Democratic complaints that the focus reflects a desire to undermine her campaign for president. Front runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton was secretary of state in 2012 when attacks on a diplomatic facility and nearby CIA base in Libya killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, who chairs the House Benghazi committee, said Wednesday release of the panel’s final report could slip to 2016, which would be in the midst of Clinton’s campaign for the White House.

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