Count Secretary of State John Kerry among the “what difference does it make?” crowd. Are you wearing your shocked face?
Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, blasted the State Department for appearing to “drag its feet” to slow the investigation into the deadly Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi. Issa has subpoenaed four officials with “direct knowledge” of the attacks
In his scathing letter to Kerry, Issa slammed the State Department as “irresponsible” for exposing its employees “to the risks inherent in being named in a congressional subpoena” and called out the Department for stonewalling.
[T]he Department has been unable to provide firm dates for a single witness interview. In fact, it is my understanding that interviews will not occur until the middle of July because the State Department is just now preparing documents and other materials for the witnesses to review. I respect the witness’ interest in preparing to answer the Committee’s questions; however, I am concerned that waiting weeks or months while the Department prepares witnesses to be interviewed creates the risk that their testimony will have been rehearsed or coached. It does not require weeks of preparation to answer questions truthfully.
Sharyl Attkisson reports the names of the four subpoenaed officials.