House Republicans say they will force Secretary of State John Kerry's chief of staff to testify next week about Benghazi documents, despite State Department objections that he's busy working with Congress on the Iran nuclear accord.
The GOP-led Select Committee on Benghazi has scheduled a Wednesday, July 29 hearing with Jon Finer to discuss what Republicans say has been inadequate production of documents to the panel investigating the fatal 2012 attacks.
Republicans threatened to subpoena Finer, but also said they would delay his appearance if State makes "substantial" document production beforehand. "If State fails to make this production or if Mr. Finer refuses to come voluntarily, he will be subpoenaed," states the hearing announcement from Chairman Trey Gowdy's office.
The State Department did not immediately respond to the announcement. Gowdy had earlier sought a hearing on Tuesday, July 28, but that would have conflicted with a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear accord in which Kerry is testifying.
The department, in a letter to Gowdy on Monday, said next week is a critical time for addressing lawmakers' questions and concerns about the nuclear agreement, which Finer has been deeply involved in.