Thank you for taking the time to promote a strong dose of truth to the neocon deniers or propaganda-dependent right-wing extremists.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the very same big-mouth Chaffetz who spilled the beans about the House Republicans slashing the security budget two years in a row for the Hillary Clinton-led State Department, let it slip that the facility attacked on September 11, 2012 (nearly four years ago now) was actually a CIA OUTPOST. All the taxpayer dollars wasted, all the criminally partisan smear-attacks on then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton---all of these Republican efforts to "lower the poll numbers of Hillary" (read Brock, 2015) could have been eliminated if Republicans had told the truth: The Benghazi attack was on a CIA OUTPOST and the three Navy SEALs who were killed that fateful night were CIA OPERATIVES under the control and jurisdiction of, not Hillary after all, but DAVID PETRAEUS, then CIA Director and a Republican.
Because of the two years of billions-of-dollars budget cuts for security, once the Libyan people had overthrown Muammar Gaddafi, Ambassador Stevens had asked to begin his work using the temporary CIA OUTPOST as an operating base until more permanent arrangement could be made. NOT ONCE have the Congressional Republicans highlighted the SUCCESSES attributable to the Clinton-led State Department, such as the night of the attack, the villagers found an unconscious Ambassador Stevens and tried to save his life by taking him to the local hospital. These same pro-U.S. villagers then came back to the site of the attack to hold up their handmade signs for the television cameras---signs that read "We are sorry America"; "This is not what Islam is about" "We loved Ambassador Stevens"; and "We love America!" (all shown LIVE on "The Rachel Maddow Show" of MSNBC, the only mainstream news channel that bothered to show this diplomatic success story.
It was fellow Republican David Petraeus, as the CIA Director, who set up the so-called "talking points" for UN Ambassador Susan Rice to use on the morning talk shows, maybe thinking (taking time from his extramarital affair) that the attackers had not known the building was a CIA OUTPOST or else just stalling for time while the investigation proceeded.
During the 2001-2007 period while Republicans controlled House, Senate, and the White House---and while both Powell and Rice were using PRIVATE SERVERS, as the asker has stated, there were...not get ready for this simple truth...THIRTEEN ATTACKS on actual diplomatic sites, all of them deadly, and two of them on the SAME CONSULATE in Karachi, Pakistan! Guess how many "hearings" were held or how many Powell or Rice e-mails were requested by the GOP-controlled Congress over even one of these THIRTEEN DEADLYATTACKS? The answer, of course, is NONE...no hearings at all, not even on the Karachi repeat attacks! Three prominent Republicans involved with the "Benghazi Committee" and the "House Oversight Committee" have stepped forward to admit (by accident or on purpose) that the only reason these incessant taxpayer-dollars-wasting mean-spirited "hearings" were being held was to "lower her [Hillary's] poll numbers"---a total abuse of power by the GOP!
I frankly believe we, the American people, should rise up and demand an immediate end to the rightwing propaganda-based character assassination and criminally partisan attacks on the most qualified and most experienced candidate for U.S. President, Hillary Clinton!
David Brock (2004), "The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy" and (2015), "Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Hijack Your Government."