House Select Committee on Benghazi received more than 3,600 pages of documents from the US State Department, including Susan Rice, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan emails, Democratic spokesman says - @NBCNews
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., on House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy's, R-SC, decision to hold vote on releasing Sidney Blumenthal's deposition: 'The American people deserve to see what this transcript shows - how Republicans have been spending millions of tax dollars investigating Secretary Clinton and her personal relationships rather than the attacks on Benghazi' - statement
House Benghazi Committee releases 60 emails from Sidney Blumenthal to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but chair rejects Democrats' request for transcript of former adviser's closed-door testimony - @thehill
Photo: Sidney Blumenthal arrives to testify before a closed-door session of the House panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks; Blumenthal has served as an adviser to Hillary Clinton and is expected to answer questions about frequent emails he sent to her about Libya while she was secretary of state - @jonallendc
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she wants more emails from time as Secretary of State, which had previously been given to Benghazi committee, to be released quickly - @CNNPolitics
Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC, on State Department release of ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails: 'The Committee is working to collect and evaluate all of the relevant and material information necessary to evaluate the full range of issues in context. We will not reach any investigative conclusions until our work is complete, but these emails continue to reinforce the fact that unresolved questions and issues remain as it relates to Benghazi'
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., on release of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails: 'I am pleased that the State Department released the complete set of Secretary Clinton's emails about Benghazi ... Instead of the selective leaking that has happened so far, the American people can now read all of these emails and see for themselves that they contain no evidence to back up claims that Secretary Clinton ordered a stand-down, approved an illicit weapons program, or any other wild allegation Republicans have made for years'
Editor's note: The 296 emails the U.S. State Department will release from former Secretary Hillary Clinton's account were previously provided to the Benghazi investigation committee in February, deputy spokesperson Marie Harf says. They will be available around 12:30 p.m. ET on the department's FOIA website. - Stephanie
Editor's note: The news that Hillary Clinton will testify again on Benghazi came in a letter to the chairman of the select committee charged with investigating the 2012 attacks. Clinton may testify as early as the week of May 18. - Tom
Benghazi /bɛnˈɡɑːzi/ (Arabic: بنغازي Banghāzī; Italian: Bengasi) is the second largest city in Libya, the largest city in the region of Cyrenaica, and the former joint capital of Libya. In 2014, the city became Libya's constitutionally de facto legislative capital, although the country's parliament, the Majlis al Nuwwab, convened in Tobruk as of Summer 2014 because of poor security in Benghazi. Benghazi's wider metropolitan area (which includes the southern towns of Gimeenis and Suluq) is also a district of Libya. The port city is located on the Mediterranean Sea.
During the Kingdom era of Libya's history, Benghazi enjoyed a joint-capital status (alongside Tripoli), possibly because the King used to reside in the nearby city of Bayda and the Senussis (royal family) in general were associated with Cyrenaica rather than Tripolitania. The city was also provisional capital of the National Transitional Council. Benghazi continues to hold institutions and organizations normally associated with a national capital city, such as the country's parliament, national library, and the headquarters of Libyan Airlines, the national airline, and of the National Oil Corporation. This creates a constant atmosphere of rivalry and sensitivities between Benghazi and Tripoli, and by extension between the two regions (Cyrenaica and Tripolitania). The population of the entire district was 500,120 in the 1995 census and had increased to 670,797 in the 2006 census.
On 15 February 2011, an uprising against the government of Muammar Gaddafi occurred in the city. On 21 February, the city was taken by Gaddafi opponents, who founded the National Transitional Council days later. On 19 March it was the site of the turning point of the Libyan Civil War, when the Libyan Army attempted to score a decisive victory against the NTC by attacking Benghazi, but was forced back by local resistance and intervention from the French Air Force authorized by UNSC Resolution 1973 to protect civilians, allowing the rebellion to continue. On July 31, 2014, Ansar al-Sharia declared full control of Benghazi after a major offensive with the group seizing control of a major military barracks within the city, thereafter declaring an islamic emirate. In mid-October, the Libyan National Army launched an offensive to seize the city and reportedly managed to take control of 90% of Benghazi.