White House Blasts Benghazi Report As ‘In-Kind Contribution’ To RNC

AP

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest tore into House Republicans’ Benghazi committee report on Tuesday, sarcastically questioning whether the Republican National Committee counted the investigation as a campaign contribution.

“Is the RNC going to disclose the in-kind contribution that they received from House Republicans today?” Earnest said at his daily media briefing.

Earnest went on to note that House Republicans spent $7 million taxpayer dollars on their investigation, which he said was intended to “tear down Secretary Clinton’s poll numbers.”

Clinton herself responded to the report earlier in the day, saying it was “time to move on.” House Republicans determined in their report that President Obama’s administration acted too slowly in response to the attacks.

“The variety of conspiracy theories that have been flowering on the Republican side of the aisle are politically motivated fantasies,” Earnest said.

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