To the Editor: After more than two years and spending more than $7 million in taxpayer dollars, the final report by the House Benghazi Committee Republicans confirms what we’ve known all along. Despite being tasked with the serious and somber duty of looking into the deaths of four brave Americans in Libya, the committee sadly proved itself to be nothing more than a political sham.
This is nothing new; Secretary Clinton has been the subject of unfounded attacks for more than 25 years. But, it is time to set the record straight, as we are in the midst of one of the most important elections of our lifetimes.
Hillary Clinton has committed her life to fighting for women, children and families. After graduating from law school, she chose not to take a job at a fancy big-name law firm. Instead, she went to work at the Children’s Defense Fund, where she helped expand access to education for children with disabilities. Hillary Clinton then went on to serve as a public defender in Arkansas. That is the mark of someone dedicated to public service.
As First Lady, she helped get health care for eight million children. As senator, she championed the Paycheck Fairness Act and cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in an effort to achieve equal pay and help close the wage gap. As Secretary of State, she made women’s rights a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. As president, she’ll break down barriers that are holding Americans back and work to build ladders of opportunity for everyone.
A few weeks ago, The Athens NEWS published a letter to the editor titled “Here are lots of questions for Clinton that she won’t answer.” Well, here are the facts.
No one has wanted to ensure we do our utmost to protect diplomats serving abroad more than Hillary Clinton. That is why she testified before Congress three times and set up a nonpartisan panel known as the Accountability Review Board to investigate the Benghazi attack and issue a comprehensive report.
In total, there have been seven Congressional investigations, the Accountability Review Board, and the conclusions of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and on the House Armed Services Committee, both of which found no wrongdoing – despite Republican claiming otherwise.
Election year political attacks are an inevitable part of American politics, but for the sake of our country, some things – like the tragic death of four Americans – should be off-limits and certainly should not be politicized well after multiple non-partisan reviews have contradicted such claims.
Ohioans are looking for – and deserve – a president who will deliver results that make a real difference in their lives, and that’s Hillary Clinton.