Kerry to Testify June 12 Before Oversight Committee — but Not Benghazi Panel (Updated)
Updated 3:58 p.m. | Secretary of State John Kerry will testify June 12 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — but, the State Department says he won’t be going before the new special select committee on Benghazi.
In a letter to Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, the State Department said Kerry is open to testifying about Benghazi in June.
Earlier this month, the Oversight Committee subpoenaed Kerry to testify on May 29. Due to diplomatic responsibilities, the State Department said Kerry was unavailable for that date, but said he could testify on June 12 or June 20.
Issa agreed to June 12 Friday, spokesman Frederick Hill said in a statement.
Because Kerry has agreed to testify before the Oversight panel, the State Department said there is no need for him to testify before the Benghazi committee. Of course, that determination could change, and it’s unlikely to appease Republicans and the chairman of the Benghazi Committee, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.
Gowdy’s communications director, Amanda Duvall, told CQ Roll Call on Friday that the Benghazi Committee would talk to “all material witnesses as many times as necessary to discover all relevant facts and answer all relevant questions in a manner consistent with fair practice and respectful of the witnesses’ other responsibilities.”
Kerry was still in the Senate when the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi occurred on Sept. 11, 2012, but he was at the State Department in the months following the attack in Libya. Kerry’s testimony will likely center around the State Department’s response to the attack which left four Americans dead, including J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya at the time.