Benghazi Select Committee completes its work

The Benghazi Select Committee’s 800-page report was released last week but committee members voted to formally approve it Friday, bringing to an end the two year investigation into the 2012 attack. The final vote was split 7-4 along party lines. The Hill reports:

“Our committee’s work is done,” Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told reporters after the roughly hourlong meeting, which went on behind closed doors and was interrupted by a 40-minute lockdown of the Capitol.

“I’ll say the same thing at the end I said at the beginning,” he added. “It has been a privilege to investigate the service and the sacrifice of the four Americans who died and also those who in many regards [are] still now nameless and faceless to the American pubic, who displayed incredible heroism and valor during that time period.”

While the report is complete, there could be ongoing activity stemming from Hillary Clinton’s public testimony to the committee last October. Thursday, FBI Director Comey testified that the FBI had not looked at whether or not Clinton’s statements to Congress about her email arrangements were truthful. Comey said he had not been given a referral to investigate possible perjury before Congress. Republicans have said they intend to make a referral so the FBI can investigate. From the Associated Press:

“Our committee has an obligation” to report any untruthful testimony to the FBI, Gowdy said.

Asked if he was referring to Clinton, Gowdy said, “She’s one of 100 witnesses.”

Under oath, Clinton testified last October that she never sent or received emails marked as classified when she served as secretary of state. She also said she only used one mobile device for emails and turned over all of her work-related emails to the State Department.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he would refer Clinton’s Oct. 22 testimony to the FBI to investigate whether she lied to Congress.

Democrats on the committee released their own 300-page report in an attempt to undercut the work of the Republican majority. Roughly 50-pages of the Democratic report was devoted to attacking the committee itself.