"Politics were put ahead of the lives of Americans" - Republicans release Benghazi report

Four American embassy staff were killed in the attacks in the Libyan city in September 2012

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File photo showing glass, debris and overturned furniture strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Image: Ibrahim Alaguri / AP/Press Association Images

A report by Republicans in the US has criticised the Obama administration for its response to the Benghazi attacks.

The attacks took place in the Libyan city on September 11th 2012, when militants targeted the US diplomatic mission in the country.

US Ambassador J Christopher Stevens was killed in the first attack, along with another US official Sean Smith.

Two CIA contractors - Glen Doherty and Tyrone S Woods - were killed in a second attack later in the day.

The Republican report published today is more than 800 pages long it will 'fundamentally change the public's understanding' of the attacks.

A number of US government departments and individuals are criticised in the document.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Republican investigation found no new evidence against presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time of the attack. However, the report accuses her department of doing an inadequate job of protecting its staff in the Libyan city.

In a statement released alongside the report, Kansas representative Mike Pompeo said: “We expect our government to make every effort to save the lives of Americans who serve in harm’s way. That did not happen in Benghazi.

"Politics were put ahead of the lives of Americans, and while the administration had made excuses and blamed the challenges posed by time and distance, the truth is that they did not try," he added.

Alabama representative Martha Roby, meanwhile, claimed their efforts to gain additional information about the military response to the attacks was "met with strong opposition from the Defense Department."

Republicans have previously been accused of attempting to politicise the attacks.

The Democrats released their own report earlier in the week, claiming the Republicans shut them out of their report process.

"Despite our repeated requests over the last several months, Republicans have refused to provide us with a draft of their report - or even a basic outline - making it impossible for us to provide input and obvious that we are being shut out of the process until the last possible moment," Democratic Members of the Select Committee on Benghazi wrote.

Hillary Clinton has previously denied misleading the public about the deaths of the four Americans in Libya.