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Outrage after Justice Dept. decides US won’t seek death penalty against terrorist charged in Benghazi attack

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch is quickly squandering what little hope many Americans may have had that she might be an improvement over predecessor Eric Holder.

The Obama Justice Department announced Tuesday it will not seek the death penalty against a Libyan militant charged in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, Fox News reported.

Lynch made the decision after reviewing the case against Ahmed Abu Khattala and consulting with federal prosecutors, according to DOJ spokeswoman Emily Pierce.

“The department is committed to ensuring that the defendant is held accountable for his alleged role in the terrorist attack … and if convicted, he faces a sentence of up to life in prison,” Pierce said.

Abu Khatallah was reportedly a leader of the terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia and is charged with helping to plan the attack on the Benghazi compound. Officials say he was captured in June 2014 by U.S. special forces during a secret raid.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder of an internationally protected person, providing material support to terrorists and destroying U.S. property while causing death, according to Fox News.

At least one party is happy with Lynch’s decision — the terrorist’s attorneys.

“It was a decision that was the correct decision, but was also a courageous decision — so we’re pleased,” one of Abu Khattala attorneys told The Associated Press.

Not so pleased are the American people, according to the reaction on social media. While the media may have exonerated Clinton from any responsibility in Benghazi, social media users are not as eager to join in.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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Tom Tillison


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