In an almost imperceptible news release Friday November 21st, the latest in a series of Benghazi investigations was published by the U.S. House of Representatives' Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Headed by Republican Chairman Mike Rogers and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat, the committee and its newest report mimic similar conclusions found previously. When asked about the report's findings, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) responded on CNN's "State of the Union," "I think the report is full of crap..." before noting a new round of the political blame game had begun.

The Long Awaited Results
As the seventh investigation to look into the tragedy at Benghazi, the report did find that, though initial talking points were inaccurate, they were based on the latest intelligence available at the time. A document with conclusions some Republicans are calling wildly predictable, the report ultimately cleared the Obama administration and participating intelligence agencies from culpability in the death of four Americans in Libya by determining the following: The American public was not intentionally misled. Reports of withheld assistance for the four Americans were false. There was no secret operation to run weapons out of Libya.

Behind Graham's Response
Though often considered a "RINO" (Republican In Name Only), Sen. Lindsey Graham and his sentiments about the latest published report may not be far off the mark. After all, Chairman Rogers announced his intention to retire earlier this year and has a mere five weeks remaining until starting a new career in radio. Additionally, Rogers' wife and her influence as a security contractor has been scrutinized by Republicans, citing a conflict of interest in the outcome -- and implications -- of the report.

What Comes Next?
Fellow Republicans, like Sen. Jeff Flake, confirm beliefs that the administration's handling of the tragedy was flawed. However, party members on both sides of the line are urging peers to "move on." For Sen. Graham, moving on means starting a new investigation with a new committee.

 

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