Secretary of State

Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation ‘Days Away’
 

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the country has made significant progress toward implementing the nuclear deal with Iran, saying Iran has “literally shipped out its capacity currently to build a nuclear weapon.”

Kerry Blasts Senate on Nominations Hold Up
 

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the Senate’s inability to bring a vote to the floor to fill a number of vacant diplomatic positions is hurting the nation’s efforts against the Islamic State.

Casey: Russia, Iran in ‘Clear Violation’ of Intl. Resolutions
 

A senior Democrat on the Finance Committee and former Foreign Relations Committee member, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has been in conversation with the State Department on countering the finance activities of the Islamic State. 

 Ahead of the Syria talks in Vienna on Friday, Casey voiced his concern that the governments of Iran and Russia “continue to offer a lifeline to a murderous Assad.” He noted they have been in “clear violation” of U.N. Security Council resolutions in the past and therefore, the intentions of charting a diplomatic path on Syria with Iran and Russia should be made clear: Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must go. 

US Anticipates Iran Will Participate in Syria Talks
 

State Department Spokesman John Kirby confirmed on Tuesday that the U.S. “anticipates” Iran to take part in the multilateral talks on Syria scheduled for the end of this week in Vienna, but would not comment on if the U.S. officially invited Iran.

What You Missed: Hillary Clinton’s 2015 Benghazi Testimony
 

In the midst the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the House Select Committee on Benghazi grilled Clinton on the administration’s handling of the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton on Benghazi: 'I've Lost More Sleep Than All of You'
 

Fmr. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended herself Thursday from GOP attacks over her handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying she has “lost more sleep” than the members on the committee over the Americans who died.

“I would imagine I’ve thought more about what happened than all of you put together,” Clinton said. “I’ve lost more sleep than all of you put together. I have been wracking my brain about what more could have been done or should have been done.”

Gowdy, Cummings Explode Over Benghazi Transcript
 

Shortly before the House Select Committee on Benghazi recessed for lunch Thursday, ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., challenged Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to release the full transcript of Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant to Hillary Rodham Clinton, following a series of questions by Gowdy on the topic.

The back-and-forth, which at times veered in to a shouting match between two top committee members, ended abruptly when Gowdy recessed the committee, telling Cummings to “wait until the next round [of questioning]” for more on Blumenthal.

Clinton to Jordan: Read My Book
 

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, landed perhaps the first major blow at Thursday’s Benghazi Committee hearing nearly three hours in, charging that Hillary Rodham Clinton misled the American people about the cause of the attack.

Jordan displayed emails and State Department documents on a large video screen, saying she initially publicly pinned blame for the attack on outrage for an anti-Muslim video. But shortly after, Jordan alleged, emails to her family and State Department summaries of her conversations with regional leaders showed she believed the strike was a planned and carried out by a violent Islamic group.

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