The good news for Secretary of State John Kerry is that he doesn't have to appear before Rep. Darrell Issa's House oversight committee. The bad news is that he'll almost certainly be summoned by the House's select committee on Benghazi.
Politico reported Friday that Kerry has been released from his subpoena to appear before the oversight committee. Issa has called on Kerry to testify several times about emails and documents related to the September 11, 2012 embassy attack. Kerry was originally set to appear on May 21, but once that meeting was cancelled that department argued that the committee should accept "a more appropriate witness," according to CBS News. This hearing, set for June 12, is being cancelled for the same reason: the State Department stated that Kerry will only appear before on Benghazi committee, as one appearance would eliminate the need for another. The select committee won out.
Issa, understandably, is disappointed, and accused Kerry of trying to snake his way out of the select committee hearing. “Seeing Secretary Kerry ... attempt to use the upcoming June 12 hearing as a shield against the Select Committee tells me it’s time to reassess,” Issa said in a statement. There's always next time.
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