The chairman of the House oversight committee on Friday subpoenaed the senior diplomat who ran the State Departmentâ€™s investigation into the Benghazi attack, saying lawmakers deserve to be able to depose him before he testifies publicly.
Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, issued the subpoena for Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, who headed the Accountability Review Board that looked into the State Departmentâ€™s failure to bolster security at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, ahead of last yearâ€™s terrorist assault that left Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.
â€œYour refusal to allow staff investigators to interview you is inconsistent with your commitment to be â€˜tough and transparent,â€™â€ Mr. Issa said in a letter to Mr. Pickering.
Transcribed interviews with investigators arenâ€™t a requirement of every witness, but committee staffers said they are fairly common in important cases.
The subpoena raises the temperature of already testy negotiations between House Republicans and the Obama administration over Benghazi. Earlier this week the White House, responding to GOP demands, released emails detailing editing of critical talking points in the days after the attack. But the emails did little to settle the matter, with each side saying the contents bolstered their interpretation.
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