May 2, 2014
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is issuing a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify before the committee May 21 about Benghazi, Issa announced Friday.
The move comes in the wake of new, â€œsmoking gunâ€ emails that show top White House officials working to craft a narrative that the attack was the result of a YouTube video and â€œnot a broader failure of policy.â€
Republicans have expressed outrage that the documents were not provided earlier under subpoenas for them, but instead came out via a Freedom Of Information Request lawsuit by the conservative non-profit group Judicial Watch.
â€œCompliance with a subpoena for documents is not a game. Because your Department is failing to meet its legal obligations, I am issuing a new subpoena to compel you to appear before the Committee to answer questions about your agencyâ€™s response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack,â€ Issa said in a May 2 letter to Kerry.