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Surprise: Secretary of State Kerry WON'T appear before Congress on Benghazi

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/6/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Kerry plans to travel to Mexico at that time; officials will discuss alternative options

In a stunning surprise, it has been revealed that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry won't have to appear before the House Oversight Committee this May 21 to talk about Benghazi. Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says that Kerry plans to travel to Mexico at that time. Officials will discuss alternative options with the committee.

Both the Obama administration and House Democrats said they were undecided on whether to take part in -- or boycott an election-year investigation by Republicans into the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans.

Both the Obama administration and House Democrats said they were undecided on whether to take part in -- or boycott an election-year investigation by Republicans into the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
5/6/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: John Kerry, Benghazi, Congress


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "We are committed to working with the committee to find a resolution to this that is acceptable to both sides. We were surprised when they didn't reach out to us before issuing a subpoena for exactly that reason," Harf said.

"And as I've noted here, there have been a number of Republicans who themselves, under the previous administration, said a secretary of state should not be subpoenaed."

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Kerry's presence was demanded in a subpoena from the panel's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who declared that the State Department has "failed to meets its legal obligations."

"This disregard for the rule of law is even more disturbing considering your agency's role in encouraging governments throughout the world to respect the rule of law and the authority of representative government brought to office through free and fair elections," Issa said in a letter to Kerry.

"By ignoring your own legal obligations and posturing the State Department as immune from congressional oversight, these actions undermine our credibility abroad and erode our moral authority."

Both the Obama administration and House Democrats said they were undecided on whether to take part in -- or boycott an election-year investigation by Republicans into the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans.

House Speaker John Boehner said that he's creating a select committee to examine the response to the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. diplomatic post in Libya. Boehner said Rep. Trey Gowdy, (R-S.C.), would head the investigation.

"I applaud Speaker Boehner for his decision to establish a select committee and am honored to serve as Chairman," Gowdy said in a statement. "Twenty months after the Benghazi attacks, there remain unresolved questions about why the security was inadequate, our response during the siege itself, and our government's interaction with the public after the attack. All of those lines of inquiry are legitimate and should be apolitical. Facts are neither red nor blue."

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