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February 14, 2016

Subpoena on Hold: Kerry Won’t Appear at May 21 Hearing

Kerry (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kerry won’t appear before Congress on May 21. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A subpoena for John Kerry to testify before Congress next week on Benghazi has been put on hold while the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the State Department negotiate when — or if — the secretary of state will appear.

Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, said Monday night that Kerry will be in Mexico May 21 on a previously scheduled trip, and that the department is working with the committee to “explore whether there are better means of addressing the Committee’s interests, including through a more appropriate witness.”

She said there has been no deal on arrangements for an alternative date.

We and the Committee have been in touch to determine how to resolve their subpoena, but we have not yet made arrangements for a hearing date. We look forward to addressing the matters raised in the Committee’s letter and subpoena,” she said in a statement.

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa subpoenaed Kerry earlier this month to testify before his panel after the release of White House emails that raised more questions about the administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Frederick Hill, a spokesman for the House committee, told the Associated Press Monday that “The State Department has told the Committee that they are committed to finding an alternative date in the near future for Secretary Kerry to testify before the Oversight Committee. As such, Chairman Issa agreed to lift the subpoena obligation for May 21.”



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  • citizenupset

    Democrats should all sit this one out and all who are called to testify should plead the 5th or risk the contempt. This would embarrass the republicans and put a light on the true reason behind what this committee is really about.

  • K.Mann

    One would think Sec. Kerry is capable of rescheduling his trip to Mexico. Nevertheless, his refusal to do so is telling. If there were nothing the State Department and Sec. Kerry wished to hide, they would be cooperative and forthcoming. That the documents which were requested from the State Department 20 months ago and that both Sec. Clinton and Sec. Kerry are reluctant to speak to Congress about Benghazi shows both a breathtaking arrogance and indicates strongly that there is something amiss.

  • Brenda Huddleston

    why can’t they just tell the truth and stop playing games. I guess all those in power think the American people are either too stupid to understand what they are hiding, or just that it is none of our business. I guess they think we work for them!

    • Wuthie

      What truth are you trying to find out? It’s all been hashed out two
      years ago. A 25,000 page report over 50 people subpoenaed and testified
      under oath. They found problems, people were fired, and changes were

      Now they want to bring Kerry in for questioning on an
      e-mail the Judicial Watch got with a FOIA request that the House didn’t.
      The e-mail was sent while Kerry was a Senator and wasn’t even involved
      in the e-mail.

      This is nothing but a political ploy at tax payers
      expense. The RNC and Rand Paul are already using it to get money and
      attacks on Clinton as president, who hasn’t even said she is going to

      Some American people would rather look for a conspiracy where there isn’t one, than except the truth.

  • Brenda Huddleston

    I know that you have a different opinion than I do, and I appreciate that Wuthie. I don’t care how many investigations were done, I still don’t think the full truth has come out yet. To me it is obvious that it was covered up, and I want to know why.

  • York Aptain Sidney Field

    If civilization is to advance, we must have plenty of leeway to adapt and revise our current ideas in response to unknown future conditions.

  • Manny Bartow

    To preserve freedom, we must understand that democratic processes cannot alone guarantee the security of life, liberty, and property.

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