Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has turned down an invitation to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee next Thursday on the Benghazi attack.
A committee update this evening indicated that Michael Courts, acting director of International Affairs and Trade for the Government Accountability Office, will be testifying followed by a RAND Corp. analyst.
The committee indicated further witnesses could be added, but the State Department confirmed that Clinton won’t be one of them.
“She was asked to appear at House Foreign Affairs next week, and we have written back to the chairman to say that she’ll be on travel next week,” said department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. She did not answer a question about whether Clinton would be willing to fly back from Australia to address either the Foreign Affairs panel or the Senate and House closed-door intelligence committee hearings getting to the root of the Benghazi scandal.
“The Committee plans to hold the second segment of this hearing the week of November 26, 2012 and will request Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testify before the Committee at that time,” the Foreign Affairs Committee said in an advisory.
Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) wrote Clinton on Tuesday to demand that the State Department respond to the panel’s requests for information on Benghazi.
“It is disappointing that we have yet to receive any response from your Department and that we are receiving more information from the press than from the Administration,” Ros-Lehtinen wrote.
On Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, the chairwoman requested State Department witnesses for both an open hearing and closed-door members’ briefing. On Sept. 25, committee members requested information on intelligence leading up to the attack and the role former Guantanamo detainees may have played. On Oct. 15, fresh requests were sent from Ros-Lehtinen directly to Clinton. No responses have been received.
“While I understand that investigations by the FBI and the State Department’s own Accountability Review Board are ongoing, it is imperative that this Committee, having direct oversight responsibility, be kept informed every step of the way of developments in the matter,” Ros-Lehtinen wrote. “Accordingly, I respectfully request access, in accordance with standard procedures for classification information, to all cables regarding embassy security in Benghazi before, during, and after the September 11th attack and all memoranda establishing security protocols, including agreements with other agencies.”
“Moreover, I continue to have concerns more broadly about embassy post security in frontline countries and I request an expeditious response to the questions raised in my October 15th letter,” the chairwoman added. “Finally, please be prepared to present State Department officials to testify on these issues when Congress reconvenes later this month.”
By Bridget Johnson
This post was modified from its original form on 11 Nov, 7:40
This does not surprise me. Hillary Clinton is now hiding under a rug. We have such stellar Americans in government, don't we? Has anyone ever seen it this bad? I know I haven't.
I'm really starting to look at the secessions of Louisiana and Texas with a great deal of interest - And, this AM I understand there has been a request from Missouri! Since I know that Florida has turned into a "purple" state - I am ready to join the Real Red Staters.
We can't call this "The War Between The States" or as harsh as the "Civil War" - by the way, how in the name of whoopie Goldberg's mouth could anyone call it a "CIVIL" war - there was nothing civil about it. No war is a "CIVIL" war - so what could we call it,
We are a creative bunch -- Let's think of a name. I am still searching - but will add my name as soon as I've finally decided.
LET'S HEAR IT PD PEOPLE!
Diane, I was of the generation that could not vote until 21 and in the 45 years I have voted I have never seen this before; the voter fraud, corruption so rampant; no, this is such a disgrace on our Country.
We all know that Hillary knows way too much as to what is going on. Do you supposed she is actually away on a business trip, or is she indirectly departing the hunting grounds.
I know that whatever it was that caused her to take the full blame for whatever went on in B'Gazi, was not that Hillary just decided that she'd literally "screwed up." That would have been a no no - but she was certainly told to admit that she had. Where does that put her. To me she was put in that most definite Catch 22 situation - one that neither of us would wish to be in for any amount of money.
I don't believe I've witnesed latency being this bad. What in the world is happening to our Care 2 website?
My goodness, you are so right Diane, the latency is horrible today. Tara Jane, your comment finally showed up and there were three comments after you but we didn't get yours first. Not sure what Care 2 is doing. Does anyone else get frustrated with the pop up ads?
Anyway, Tara Jane, did a little thinking and considering and came up with a list that could help get an idea for the name of this war; Conservative is another name for Traditional or Tranditionalist. The Liberals are also known as Socialists or Progressives. So, onr idea I had was The War Against Socialist Tyranny. Then as I thought further is this not the War For Freedom and the Constitution. Or, War of the Traditional Constitutionalists against the Progressive Socialists. I, like you Tara Jane, need to think on this one some more.