House panel subpoenas State Department over Benghazi
May 28th, 2013
03:29 PM ET
9 years ago

House panel subpoenas State Department over Benghazi

Washington (CNN) - A congressional committee on Tuesday subpoenaed documents and communications from current and former top State Department officials related to the development of "talking points" used by the Obama administration to explain the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, last September.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sought information from 10 people, including the agency's No. 2 official, the top aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the department's former spokeswoman, the panel's chairman, Darrell Issa, said in a statement.


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  1. Bill

    THe GOP should be called the ABG party – Anything but govern. They try awfully hard to do anything except passing laws and legislation for the American people (which is why they were elected). 2014 can not come soon enough.

    May 28, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Darrell Issa doing what he loves the most: slandering people at taxpayer's expense.

    May 28, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What else is he looking for that really would make a difference? Could there really be a smoking gun that points to a mistake? How is he going to know that there isn't something that is left behind? Maybe Issa should run for president after all of this and say that he brought the administration to "justice."

    May 28, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    In all honesty, I really don't think Mr. Issa is quite as important as he thinks he is.


    May 28, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Mike Wallace

    Still no investigation into how to prevent it from ever happening again? Yeah. Way to focus on the important stuff. Let's just keep rehashing this with the same exact results. Good call.

    May 28, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    LOL! We all find out that the GOP/Teatrolls leaked their falsified NOTES about the emails and that John Karl published what he saw in the NOTES while claiming he saw the actual emails, so the response from the GOP/Teatrolls is simple:

    1. Claim more docs exist and that the 25,000+ pages of docs produced is somehow a refusal to cooperate.

    2. They don't exist so they're not produced and the response is "we don't have anything else."

    3. Howl at the moon about a massive conspiracy to "cover up" all those docs.

    4. Watch poll numbers remain unchanged...again.

    5. Propose more voter suppression legislation.

    May 28, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    So, Issa continues his witch hunt... I thought this was a news site? This McCarthyesque congressman (who everyone should google- he's not exactly 'scandal free' himself) obviously is trying t omake a name for himself as some sort of 'watchdog' for the people. Funny we never hear about his 'investigations' into anyone without a 'D' behind their name.

    May 28, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Still on your witch hunt I see Issa. How pathetic! How about you subpoena Dick Cheney for a start.

    May 28, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    This is a giant admission by Issa and the GOP/Teatrolls that the emails they previously claimed were essentially "smoking guns" proving there was a "cover up" don't prove squat. He's trying to re-open the fishing expedition in order to manufacture more claims of a refusal to cooperate, despite production of 25,000 pages AND making the "smoking gun" emails public, all so the GOP/Teatrolls can continue their baseless fantasy that they've got Obama on the ropes and impeachment is just around the corner. In other words, Issa recognizes it's all a bit dry now and that the Teatrolls' delusion-circle-jerk needs some lube.

    May 28, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    It sure would be nice if we can sue Issa for wasting taxpayer money.

    May 28, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Who's next? The Freemasons? Does Issa want to know what is on the back of the Declaration? Does this mean that after viewing over 25,000 pages of documents, the GOP still cannot come up with evidence to support their narrative? What does that suggest to people? Desperation, stupidity, or both?

    May 28, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. magnetik713

    it sucks when your ship is sinking and the sheep are still playing the violin.

    May 28, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. magnetik713

    You guys are like the musicians on the Titanic. You can see the ship sinking but feel it's better to go down along with it.

    May 28, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Issa like most republicans, spend their days ignoring facts, repealing the ACA, voting against women's rights, and making sure our recovery from the great republican recession will be slow.

    May 28, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. impact0900

    I can't believe we actually pay these people for wasting our time and money. Why doesn't somebody throw a bucket of water over this self serving moron and see if he melts.

    May 28, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. I belong to no party

    wonder how many of you know what the COG papers are. This was first
    discovered during Regan and the Iran contra affair. These papers are the
    White House to siege total dictatorial powers in case of National
    Emergency. This is to be done without congress or the Senate approval.
    And one other fact why is Obama not even letting the congress or senate
    see them. This seems odd but they were both told they would be out of
    the picture.

    May 28, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Issa is the little special needs kid in the corner with the duntz hat on spitting spitballs at the window hoping it sticks.

    May 28, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    DOW closes at another record high. Consumer confidence reaches 5 year high. [Insert plenty of other good news]. At least we know what the GOP/Teatrolls are trying to distract from.

    May 28, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. g

    when is he going to start to investigate mccain for trying to sell arms to terrorist

    May 28, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. sonny chapman

    Repubs. should leave Benghazi alone; it reminds Americans about Bush/Cheney being asleep at the wheel for the REAL 9/11. Besides, Repubs. can really nail Hillary on VINCE FOSTER !!

    May 28, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Somehow Republicans have convinced themselves that the American people are not hearing their message. They're convinced that if people would LISTEN to them, then people would join them.

    I don't think they'll ever understand that The People have been listening to the Republicans' message. Republicans cannot accept the fact that The People do not like the message, nor their messengers.

    May 28, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Whatever happened to 'job, jobs, jobs"? Cut spending? Balancing the budget? Economic recovery? Tax cuts?

    Trust me, folks. They haven't forgotten. They're hoping that you've forgotten about stuff like the doomsday Ryan Plan.

    May 28, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Name willard

    I am belived that eric holder is lied hide his story about leak but presdient obama was fault lrak at white house

    May 28, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. just askin

    enough democrat stone walling and cover up. let the subpeonas start flowing. throw them in jail if you have to.

    May 28, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    So here's another step-by-step instruction manual:

    1. Leak falsified notes on Banghazi emails to the press in order to bolster claims that a massive witch-hunt-style investigation, complete with days and days of testimony, 20+ classified debriefings, 25,000 pages of docs produced and even the emails you falsified being made public, revealing that you falsified them in order to trump up your allegations with the help of the MSM.

    2. Accuse the other side of perjuring themselves when you can't prove any real wrong-doing.

    May 28, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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