Secretary Kerry was asked about recent reports of State Department employees who have been threatened or blocked from testifying before Congress over the security failures that led up to the Benghazi attack. Kerry said that there is an “enormous amount of misinformation” and that the Benghazi issue needs to be “to demythologize this issue, and certainly depoliticized.” “The American people deserve answers,” Kerry declared, “…and we will provide answers.”
QUESTION: … on Benghazi, do you have anything to say about these assertions from – that some employees in this building are being prevented from testifying in Congress? This assertion has been made by the lawyers of the some of these employees.
SECRETARY KERRY: […] On Benghazi, look, there’s an enormous amount of misinformation out there. The simple fact is that when I testified before the Congress, what, a couple weeks ago now, I said very clearly to the chairman of the House – both House committees that we would work with them as closely as possible, put every question to us, whatever it is you need, and I would assign somebody to be responsible to work with them to answer those questions. My Chief of Staff, David Wade, was in touch with them forthwith, has been in touch with them, and we’re prepared to work openly and accountably to answer any of those questions. So we have to demythologize this issue, and certainly depoliticize it. The American people deserve answers. I’m determined that this will be an accountable and open State Department, as it has been in the past, and we will continue to do that, and we will provide answers.