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- Darrell Issa says Kerry was 'squirming' to avoid testimony
- GOP has accused administration of lying about 2012 attack
30 May 2014
The chairman of the House oversight committee accused secretary of state John Kerry of trying to avoid testifying before a newly formed select committee investigating the deadly Benghazi attack and released the top diplomat from testifying before his panel.
In a swipe at a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, representative Darrell Issa accused Kerry of obstructing congressional investigations. Issa said Kerry agreed to testify before the oversight panel on 12 June as a means to avoid testifying before the 12-member select committee investigating the 11 September 2012 assault on the Libyan outpost.
The California Republican said he had no choice but to reassess.
"It's been disappointing to watch a long serving former senator, like Secretary Kerry, squirm his way to what I'm doing today – releasing him from the upcoming hearing commitment he made only after we issued him a subpoena," Issa said in a statement.
In an unusual move, Issa had twice subpoenaed Kerry to testify about emails and other documents that the Obama administration has provided Congress about the attack. Four Americans, including US ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed.