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December 22, 2014

Kerry Spokesperson: Boss in Mexico on Day of Issa Hearing

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Kerry (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a previously scheduled trip to Mexico on May 21, the day he’s been subpoenaed to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to testify on Benghazi, a State Department spokeswoman said Monday.

Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said Kerry, who has been overseas, is aware of the subpoena, announced Friday by Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

“As we’ve said repeatedly, we were all surprised, quite frankly, that instead of working with us and reaching out to us and offering first an invitation to testify, that Chairman Issa jumped immediately to subpoenaing the secretary,” Harf said.

“He does still plan to be in Mexico on the 21st. We’ve had that travel planned,” she said.

The subpoena came after the release of White House emails that show White House adviser Ben Rhodes telling then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice she should emphasize the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, was “rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”

House Speaker John A. Boehner on Monday named Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to head a special select committee that will focus solely on the administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack.

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  • Itsy_bitsy

    How convenient! So botox face is down there trying to figure out how he can load refugees onto trains, and get them across he border and into polling places on the second week November, maybe? Because the one thing he won’t be doing is trying to get that Marine out of prison and back to the U.S., that’s for sure!

  • Derfallbright

    It is logical that Congress needs to consider the “already scheduled” meeting of the Secretary of State. Now if he heard about the meeting date and then quickly scheduled a meeting in Mexico as an excuse that’s a different story.

    Any meeting like this normally starts with one secretary calling the secretary (administrative assistant) of the other person and working out a mutual date when a meeting can be held. It’s seems odd for this to be announced so publicly on a date which (we assume) was a date the Secretary of State was out of the country.

    We seem to have people that keep getting caught up in this Mexican border crossing issue, when the simple soultion would be a giant U-Turn lane. Or a simple ‘no guns in Mexico Gringo…go home’ would solve the problem. If I were the President I would pick up the phone and call the President of Mexico and the conversation would go something like this. “You have one hour to send our citizen back, or I am going to having the Army close every border crossing into Mexico to insure this kind of mistake doesn’t ‘accidently’ happen again”. Call me a reactionary if you like, but enough of this crap is enough. (It also points out how serious the issue of the US government running guns into Mexico was).

    • Carl Duncan

      And if a frog had wings…..

      If I were subpoenaed and failed to respond, I would be held in contempt.

      • Derfallbright

        It fairly clear the current Administration could care less what Congress thinks. My point is a subpena is usually a last resort when a mutually agreeable date can not be reached to testify. It’s possible that may have happened already and the subpena is the last resort. I understand that Kerry has agreed to meet…so maybe a threat of a subpena caused his schedule to clear up.

  • Brenda Huddleston

    After all of the uncooperative ways the Democrats have dealt with this issue, they now want us to “invite” him to come and be honest with us?????

  • down_with_BongHit_Barry

    So, they’re saying that Lurch is not gonna honor the subpoena, but would have gladly accepted an invitation. lol Makes about as much sense as anything else these lying cretins ever say, I guess.

    • Twila Diddily Do Flanders

      I knew he reminded me of someone. “Lurch” is exactly who! Thanks.
      But Lurch was likable and did his job well.

  • NPettinato14

    It staggers my mind how hateful, blind and single-minded a lot of folks are. They’ll quickly excuse the misdeeds of their own social group, but a duplicate incident on the other side of the isle draws incomprehensible gasping in shock and terror.

    Q1: When was the Mexico trip schedule?
    Q2: When did Secretary Kerry receive the subpoena to appear?

    If Q2 was AFTER the scheduled trip, it seems likely that this was political maneuvering and not in the best interest of an investigation. Kerry would be back in the US at some point, during which a hearing date could be scheduled. If Q1 was made after Q2, then the trip was an attempt to dodge the hearing and a further case could be made.

    A lot of conclusions are being made without this critical information.

    • down_with_BongHit_Barry

      lol. Tell ya’ what, buddy, next time you get subpoenaed to show up in court, try telling them that as much as you’d like to make it, you already have a trip to Mexico planned, but if they want to work with you and send you a polite invitation, you might be willing to come another time. Let us know how that works out for you.

  • indictthemnow

    Thats ok, jawn. We gave you a jet – remember?

    Show up or be indicted.

  • Twila Diddily Do Flanders

    When can the Average American tell any who has subpoenaed US that we’re too busy to make it, that’s a bad time for me, I’ll be out of country at that time,……invite me to come at a later date and I might be able to make it.

  • Mark Uss

    Over one million illegal aliens are apprehended in the United States each year.

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