John Kerry subpoenaed to testify before Benghazi committee

John Kerry

WASHINGTON (AP/KXAN) — House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued a subpoena to Secretary of State John Kerry to testify about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi.

Issa confirmed the subpoena, a day after he accused the Obama administration of potentially criminal behavior, in a tweet.

The House oversight committee is one of several committees that has investigated the Benghazi attacks. The republican chairman said he wants Kerry to appear before the panel on May 21 to explain why the latest emails were omitted from previous administration submissions.

Issa has been the GOP’s most prominent investigator of the Benghazi attack. But his star witness at a hearing Thursday came under sharp criticism from a fellow California Republican, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, who heads the House Armed Services Committee.

Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Lovell told Issa’s panel that U.S. forces “should have tried” to get to the Benghazi outpost in time to help save Stevens and the other Americans. Lovell blamed the State Department for not making stronger requests for action.

McKeon responded by saying Lovell didn’t serve in a capacity that gave him reliable insight into the available options commanders had during the attack, and repeated his own committee’s conclusions that the State Department didn’t delay a decision to deploy military resources and that the military couldn’t have made a difference.

A separate, bipartisan examination by the Senate Intelligence Committee found the U.S. had insufficient security at the Benghazi post and spread the blame among the State Department, the military and U.S. intelligence for missing what now seem like obvious warning signs. It found no instances of the administration intentionally deceiving the public.

The senior Republican aide said Boehner was considering Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to chair the select committee. The aide wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

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