WASHINGTON, July 2, 2013 — Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, subpoenaed four State Department officials to testify before Congress regarding the deadly terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. The four State Department officials provided diplomatic security for the consulate in Benghazi.
Issa said he resorted to requesting subpoenas due to continual delays by the State Department and the Obama Administration. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Issa wrote, “It does not require weeks of preparation to answer questions truthfully.”
Subpoenaing the officials will allow members of the committee to question them under oath concerning the incident in Benghazi. They hope the testimony will help establish who was aware of the attack and to assist in constructing a timeline of the terrorist attack. Members of the committee also believe the testimony will shed light on what details the State Department, White House officials and others had, and when they received that information.
The subpoenas mean neither the State Department nor the Obama Administration can continue to delay providing information. The subpoenas were issued this week; hearing dates are still being determined.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz told Fox News, “It has been ten months since the attack on Benghazi. We deserve a lot of answers. I worry that they are overly-coached, but we will see. We will give them the benefit of the doubt. They are going to come in and testify under oath so I hope they are truthful.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still trying to distance herself from speaking about Benghazi and has not come forward to testify before the committee. That does not mean that she should not be worried, as she could still be subpoenaed to testify.
National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who was ambassador to the United Nations at the time of the Benghazi attack and provided public briefings on the incident, will not face subpoena, however. Since Rice was promoted to National Security Advisor, Congress can no longer compel her to provide testimony.
The terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate occurred on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center twin towers. To date, the government has concealed information from the public and failed to deliver details surrounding the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, two Navy SEALs, and another diplomat.
The Obama Administration can continue to attempt to hide the truth, but the congressional subpoenas are bringing information one step closer to the American people.
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