Darrell Issa Releases John Kerry from Benghazi Hearing
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa announced Friday that he would release Secretary of State John Kerry from a scheduled hearing on the Benghazi terror attacks.
Issa subpoenaed Kerry shortly prior to Boehner’s announcement that he would appoint a select committee to investigate the attack.
Kerry agreed to testify for the hearing, scheduled for June 12.
“Seeing Secretary Kerry and others, who have worked to obstruct critical oversight of Congress’ investigations into Benghazi, attempt to use the upcoming June 12 hearing as a shield against the Select Committee tells me it’s time to reassess,” Issa said in a statement. “It’s been disappointing to watch a long-serving former Senator, like Secretary Kerry, squirm his way to what I’m doing today – releasing him from the upcoming hearing commitment he made only after we issued him a subpoena.”
Issa praised the Oversight Committee’s investigations into the Benghazi attacks, asserting that they were a precursor to the decision to establish the select committee.
“As much as we fought to learn what we could, bring critical witnesses forward, and shame the Administration into disclosing more than it originally intended, I expect the Select Committee’s unified jurisdiction will afford it better access to the complete picture than any of its investigative predecessors,” Issa said.