The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi is threatening to bring Secretary of State John Kerry before the panel to explain what Republicans call a major failure to provide internal department documents that lawmakers have sought for months.
"I have met with Secretary Kerry's chief of staff privately, we talked on the phone last week, our next interaction will be public, and ... if I don't get satisfaction with that public interaction with his chief of staff, the next person to come explain to Congress why he has been so recalcitrant in turning over documents will be the secretary himself," Rep. Trey Gowdy said on the CBS's Face The Nation on Sunday.
Gowdy is seeking the emails of 10 top Hillary Clinton aides during her time as secretary of State, and says the department has provided just some messages from one of them. The extent of State's document production is important because Gowdy has said he will not call Clinton to testify until the lawmakers have documents they need to inform their questions.
Democrats contend that Republicans are delaying a hearing with Clinton and foot-dragging on the probe in order to push her testimony and the investigation further into the presidential election season. Clinton has said she's ready to testify.