The State Department is doubling down on its opposition to Secretary of State John Kerry testifying on the deadly Benghazi attack, saying in a statement overnight that a congressional committee should find "a more appropriate witness."
Kerry will be on a previously scheduled official trip to Mexico on May 21, the day the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed him to testify, State spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in the statement.
Psaki said State Department officials had been in touch with the committee to "determine how to resolve their subpoena," but she stopped short of confirming that Kerry would ever appear at a hearing related to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, which predated his time in office.
The militant attack on a U.S. consulate and nearby CIA annex killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American personnel. An independent review panel found that the State Department had ignored requests for more guards and security upgrades and had become too reliant on local militias for security. The State Department has since participated in several congressional hearings and released thousands of documents in response to queries about its response that night.
"Given the pressing foreign affairs issues that the secretary is actively engaged on and the committee's focus on document production issues, we would like to explore whether there are better means of addressing the committee's interests, including through a more appropriate witness," Psaki's statement said.
That's diplomatic speak for: Enough already. Find somebody else to testify.
The Democrat-Communist Party has become a rogue and lawless party. Totally out of control. The laws of this country do not apply to them. They follow the only law they know. Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" and THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO by Karl Marx.
What they are trying to do is find someone more prone to engaging a brain before opening mouth in the democommunist party. Good luck!!!!!
Well of course he want appear now nor ever.You scratch my back I scratch yours.Folks we've lost our nation get used to it.
You are stupid we haven't lost our nation but we will if people don't wake up and speak up!
Exercise your first amendment right to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances! Above all read and support our constitution!
Every red blooded American citizen needs to demand that Obama resign and get out of town!
Every red blooded American needs to demand that Hillary (what difference does it make) Clinton be arrested and tried for aiding the enemy, murder, treason and terrorism! Her worst sin is lying and may she burn in HELL!
Couldn't have said it better !!
The 'State Department' has No say what so ever.. as to whom will, or will not testify before a congressional over-site committee.
The State Department seems to have a schizophrenic illness. Attorney General Eric Holder has spread this illness throughout the DOJ. Their believe is there are two types of laws. One type for American Citizens and the second one for inept Secretary Of States. We can't put all the blame on Holder for having legal Schizophrenia. The President obviously exposed this illness to Mr. Holder. However, the good news is the congress can subpoena poor delusional Mr.Kerry,Mrs. Clinton and any other elitist progressive that believes that our constitution does not apply to everyone.
LET US HOLD THE HEARING WHERE KERRY CAN GET A FAIR SHAKE. HOW ABOUT HANOI?
DON'T BE AFRAID TO PRAY OUT LOUD. A MOMENT OF SILENCE IS FOR SLAVES.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO SAY COMMUNIST INSTEAD OF LIBERAL. WHEN THEY LABEL YOU A MCCARTHYITE. LABEL THEM A ROSENBERG. WHICH ONE ARE YOU ETHYL OR JULIUS?
He is going to try to stop Texas authorities from executing an illegal Mexican cop killer!