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House Democrats release Benghazi report ahead of Republicans

On Monday, House Democrats on the Benghazi Select Committee released a 339-page report that they say "debunks many conspiracy theories" about the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

The Democrats, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), say they had to make their own report because the Republicans on the committee refused to incorporate their opinions in a joint report, ABC News reports; the Republicans are expected to release their own report as early as Tuesday. The report reveals 21 findings, including some that have been previously announced, like that the Defense Department couldn't have done anything differently to save lives and that "administration officials did not make intentionally misleading statements about the attacks but instead relied on information they were provided at the time under fast-moving circumstances."

The committee also found no evidence that Hillary Clinton denied any security requests from personnel in Benghazi, the report says. More than 40 pages of the report criticize the Republican management of the committee, saying Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and his GOP colleagues wasted time and resources and excluded Democrats from some interviews and witness meetings.