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The hearing by the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi was, indeed, a dismal affair [“Perpetual Partisanship,” Opinion, Oct. 26].

However, we finally learned an important fact, namely that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew immediately that the attack on our compound and the killing of four of our citizens were due to a well-planned attack by militants and not the result of a protest over an anti-Muslim video.

Yet, she continued to repeat this, in concert with other members of the administration, in the aftermath of the tragedy — likely because the truth could have undermined the re-election campaign narrative of President Obama and her own ambitions to be our next commander in chief.

The Seattle Times lauded U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, as a “voice of reason” on the committee, but his performance was no less partisan.

Yes, mistakes were made in Benghazi. But that’s not the issue. Facts were obscured Democrats on the committee, and the editorial board of The Times, have given Clinton another pass. That is shameful.

John Prueitt, Seattle