Lawmakers demand more details about Benghazi from State
May 29th, 2013
10:26 PM ET
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Lawmakers demand more details about Benghazi from State

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans continued to demand answers Wednesday on the Benghazi attack, one day the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a congressional subpoena to current and former State Department officials over the issue.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, 15 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee demanded to know what actions were taken against four people Kerry had testified would face consequences for failing to protect Chris Stevens, the ambassador to Libya, and others at the U.S. mission in Benghazi,

Stevens was among four Americans killed on September 11, 2012, in an attack later characterized as an organized assault by terrorists.

Kerry, who testified before the House panel in April, had promised to weigh in on actions taken against those who were documented as allowing what lawmakers called "the grossly inadequate security at the diplomatic facility in Benghazi last year."

"Now that over one month has passed since your testimony," the House lawmakers wrote, "we expect an immediate update on this process." The letter was signed by Rep. Ed Royce, R-California, the chairman of the committee, and 14 other Republicans.

A State Department official said Kerry is "closely reviewing the status of the four individuals on administrative leave."

"As someone who for 29 years in the Senate was regarded as a top investigator and champion of oversight, he believes deeply in Congress’s role in foreign policy," the official continued. "He also believes he needs to understand the facts on these specific cases and he will be making a decision on these cases soon."

Kerry this week has also been subpoenaed by another congressional panel in the Republican-led House. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is demanding additional documents as part of his investigation into the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attack.

Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Jennifer Psaki said Kerry had not responded to the subpoena, which carries a deadline of June 7. "We are taking stock of this recent subpoena and determining the next appropriate steps," she said at a briefing for reporters.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Darrell Issa needs to be on CSI DC .

    Issa / Cruz
    Why won't my hemorrhoids go away 2016

    May 29, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. Evergreen

    I guess with the economy improving this is all they've got left.

    May 29, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. king

    here go these no governing repubs trying to get out of doing their jobs with this fake outrage over Benghazi again. where was this outrage when 12 embassies were blown up, and hundred of folks died under the bush administration. we've got only 1 embassy blown up under the Obama administration, and the repubs and their fake outraged start coming out the wood work. i will take one instead of 12 any day since nothing on this planet is perfect, and all we can do is strive for the best out of the worst. these repubs have come up with every excuse in the book not to do the people's work, our country is falling apart at the seems and all these good for nothing repubs do is chase ghost all over the white house.

    May 29, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  4. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Screw the gop joke party of stupid ,we don't care and the. Gop party. Of stupid voters will find out. In the 2014 mid terms. When they have another gop train wreck that makes the tax cheat romney the moron. Look like a victory if you lose every elections. For about a decade !!!!!!!

    May 30, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  5. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    What are the names of the 14 gop pigs that are looking to get kick out of office in the 2014 mid terms ????? Even though all of them. Will probably be in the toilet , gop garbage !!!!

    May 30, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Can somebody please set up hearings as to why a known car thief.illegal gun owner who used said gun to intimidate is not only a member of congress from CA but the head of an oversight committee.
    Is it because the repugs think he knows how to catch a thief or two? Not that there's anything else to be said about Benghazi but these thugs just can't help themselves. No JOBS but let's continue to waste taxpayers' money.

    May 30, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  7. ge

    not only benghazi ,put iraq under the microscope too-who made the money and how much

    May 30, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  8. Larry in Houston

    I hope the republicans will continue this all the way up to election day – we'll see how this "pans out" for them. It's sort of going to be like "rove math" They will finally figure out where they went wrong, and why –

    May 30, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The midterm elections can't get hear fast enough. Issa continues to go on his witch hunt at the taxpayers expense. Mark my words we will not forget this come November 2014.

    May 30, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  10. Ed1

    We will never have the truth and in Clinton's own words what difference does it make.

    Tell that to the four families who murdered their loved ones that's who cares.

    May 30, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |