Issa lets John Kerry off Benghazi hook — so Trey Gowdy can have a better crack at him

Accusing Secretary of State John Kerry of trying to “squirm” his way out of testifying fully about what he knows about the Benghazi terrorist attack and the Obama administration’s response to it, Rep. Darrell Issa moved Friday to put Kerry on a sharper hook.

collageissakerry0531Issa released Kerry from a subpoena to testify before Issa’s oversight committee, leaving the secretary of state vulnerable to a summons to testify before the House select committee established specifically to investigate the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans.

“It’s been disappointing to watch a long-serving former senator, like Secretary Kerry, squirm his way to what I’m doing today — releasing him from the upcoming hearing commitment he made only after we issued him a subpoena,” the California Republican said in a harshly worded statement Friday, according to Fox News.

Issa’s House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform had issued two subpoenas to Kerry to testify about the attack. Last week, Kerry finally agreed to do so, but the State Department indicated that testimony would mean Kerry would not testify before the separate committee headed by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

That dodge isn’t going to work, Issa said.

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His committee will do without Kerry’s testimony if it has to to force the State Department to cooperate with Gowdy’s committee, which is empowered to “get to the bottom of Benghazi,” as House Speaker John Boehner has put it.

“No matter how long the investigation of a terrorist attack that killed four Americans takes, getting the full truth is what matters. The select committee is the House of Representatives’ commitment to getting this truth.  It will conduct its investigation in the face of an all-hands-on-deck effort by defenders of the principal actors to further obscure the facts,” Issa’s statement said.

“I expect the select committee’s unified jurisdiction will afford it better access to the complete picture than any of its investigative predecessors … President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and other officials have no one but themselves to blame for the increased scrutiny they should soon expect.”

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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69 thoughts on “Issa lets John Kerry off Benghazi hook — so Trey Gowdy can have a better crack at him

  1. WhiteEagle1937 says:

    “I expect the select committee’s unified jurisdiction will afford it better access to the complete picture than any of its investigative predecessors … President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and other officials have no one but themselves to blame for the increased scrutiny they should soon expect.”

  2. gutz22 says:

    Ahhh more fresh meat for Gowdy’s grinder.We need jail time for any lying (perjury) of any of those subpoenaed .Mrs Billy Bob Clinton is a clear candidate as well as her successor to be brought forward to face their crimes.

  3. MZAZ86442i says:

    It will work out BETTER with Trey Gowdy having a crack at him. I think it was a good move. Trey Gowdy is a pit bull.

    1. LittleRoot_48 says:

      If hanging was good enough for Mary Surrat, it’s good enough for the old gray mare.

  4. Bill says:

    Has ISSA given up?? OMG say it isnt so. Maybe he is tired of seeing his numbers go down faster than an airport bathroom boy’s pants.

    1. LittleRoot_48 says:

      Issa is NOT the one Kerry should worry about. Gowdy IS.

      1. Bill says:

        Doubtful at best. I know all of the con’s say the polling numbers dont mean a thing but if you look at the fact that they are backing off I wonder why. The bottom line is the numbers show that the Congressional con’s are losing ground almost daily. They are doing nothing but bad DC politics and the public will vote accordingly. If they dont back off chances are really good that HRC will be in the White House. Did you know that Obama’s approval numbers are DOUBLE that of them?? Welcome to reality.

        1. Mary Brown says:

          If he testifies with Issa he is off the hook and doesn’t have to appear before Gowdy. Issa knows Gowdy is a better prosecutor so is giving the traitor to him

          1. Bill says:

            Really. 21% approval vs 44% for Obama. That says it all. One last thing since the con’s are all law and order: The idea of INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY doesnt mean a thing do you obviously. The FOUNDING FATHERS would be so proud of you.

          2. Mary Brown says:

            Polls are f**king useless, I can change 2 words in a question and totally skew the results. As far as innocent before being proven guilty? I have looked at the available evidence, Kerry has covered crap up right alongside Obama to keep the truth from coming out. If he was innocent he would not need 2 subpenas to be forced to appear.

        2. Mary Brown says:

          Did you know that dumbocrats are to stupid to see what is happening to this country?

          1. Bill says:

            Did you know that suckers of the KOCH dollars are KOCH suckers?? Maybe just maybe your con’s should havent allowed the shrub to ruin the economy.

        3. curmudgeon says:

          DON’T FEED THESE TROLLS!

          1. Bill says:

            I really shouldnt but its so fun seeing how lame they can be and are. First Issa was their savior. Now he is a has been. You have got to love it and the message that they send. In a nut shell they are admitting defeat. The public knows that its all posturing and BS. Oh well.

  5. DollarBill says:

    This is GREAT news! Trey Gowdy will chew them up and spit them out.I wish he was President.

    1. Doug says:

      He’s almost as good as the great Ted Cruz who was cum laude at Princeton and magna cum laude at Harvard. The two finest schools in the nation.

  6. Jean Medley says:

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  7. carolskey says:

    I have hope that Benghazi-gate will follow in the tradition of Watergate…if there IS justice in this world it could bring America a tremendous reward!

    God bring the truth to light!

  8. Big-Stu says:

    Kerry likes to talk, in Trey’s depositions I’m sure they’ll give him plenty of opportunity to spill his guts and let him ramble on till he hangs everyone with his testimony.

  9. carol w taylor says:

    Obamanation got a heads-up reminder full week ahead of time that Armed Forces Day was looming. Why can these people not do the right thing for our troops? A little recognition and concern would acknowledge their sacrifices for us all. Are they all afflicted with early onset dementia?

  10. Barbara Winters says:

    Get all of them, including Obama and Hilary.

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