Benghazi report: Clinton should have realized risks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a speech, Friday, July 24, 2015, at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(CNN) – House Republicans’ report on the attack in Benghazi paints a picture of a perfect storm of bureaucratic inertia, rapidly worsening security in Libya and inadequate resources in the months that led up to the killings of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues on September 11, 2012.

CNN has obtained a portion of the report and the full version is expected to be released today.

Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack, told the House Benghazi Committee last year that she was aware of the dangers in Libya but “there was no actionable intelligence” indicating a planned attack.

The portion of the report obtained by CNN doesn’t offer a scathing indictment of Clinton. But it does argue that intelligence was available suggesting an attack was possible, and Clinton and a top aide, Patrick Kennedy, should have realized the risks posed to the Benghazi mission by extremist groups.

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