Issa Subpoenas the State Department Over Benghazi Documents
8/2/2013 12:00:00 PM - Katie Pavlich
Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa has issued two subpoenas to the State Department. The subpoenas comes after months of stonewalling and non-answers surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi which left four Americans dead.
“After ignoring requests for months, the State Department has left no alternative but to issue subpoenas for documents relevant to our investigation,” Issa said in a statement. “State Department tactics to delay and impede accountability have exhausted the Committee’s patience. Further subpoenas may also be necessary if the Department is not forthcoming on other requests.”
What the subpoena's contain:
All documents provided by the Department of State to the Accountability Review Board (“ARB” or “the ARB”) convened to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the September 11-12, 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
All documents and communications referring or relating to ARB interviews or meetings, including, but not limited to, notes or summaries prepared during and after any ARB interview or meeting.
1. All documents that have been made available to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for in camera review, including, but not limited to, the approximately 25,000 pages of documents referenced in the March 29, 2013 letter from Acting Assistant Secretary Thomas B. Gibbons to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.
Issa has already subpoenaed the State Department for information surrounding the talking points used by former U.N. Ambassador and Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice on five different Sunday shows nearly a week after the 9/11 attack. During those show appearances, Rice blamed a YouTube video for the violence despite top officials, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, knowing in real-time the situation was a terrorist attack.