Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Mexico on May 21 so he won’t be able to comply with a House subpoena to appear on that day’s hearing on the deadly Benghazi consulate attack, according to the State Department.
State Department deputy spokesman Marie Harf told reporters Monday that Kerry has plans to be in Mexico on May 21 and the agency will talk to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about possibly arranging for Kerry to appear before the panel at some other point.
Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued the subpoena to Kerry earlier this month. Harf said the committee should have invited Kerry instead of subpoenaing him.
Issa is demanding that Kerry testify about the Sept. 11, 2012 attack of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. He accused the department of failing to produce all documents related to the attack and the Department’s response to the attack.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Monday that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) will lead a select committee that will investigate the consulate attack as Republicans seek truth, accountability and justice for those killed in the incident.