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Darrell Issa’s Benghazi Stunt Blows Up In His Face as Kerry Won’t Appear at Hearing

Darrell Issa’s subpoena of Sec. of State John Kerry has completely backfired, as the State Department announced that Kerry would not be testifying at next week’s Benghazi hearing, and Issa put the subpoena on hold.

According to The Hill:

A subpoena for John Kerry to testify before Congress next week on Benghazi has been put on hold while the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the State Department negotiate when — or if — the secretary of state will appear.

Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, said Monday night that Kerry will be in Mexico May 21 on a previously scheduled trip, and that the department is working with the committee to “explore whether there are better means of addressing the Committee’s interests, including through a more appropriate witness.”


Frederick Hill, a spokesman for the House committee, told the Associated Press Monday that “The State Department has told the Committee that they are committed to finding an alternative date in the near future for Secretary Kerry to testify before the Oversight Committee. As such, Chairman Issa agreed to lift the subpoena obligation for May 21.”

This is the Lois Lerner story all over again. Remember when Issa went on Fox News Sunday and announced that Lois Lerner would be testifying at his IRS hearing only to have Lerner’s attorney say that he had no idea what Rep. Issa was talking about? Lerner did not testify. She took the Fifth. Issa ended up cutting off Rep. Elijah Cummings microphone, and storming out of the room.

Rep. Issa thinks that Sec. Kerry is going to testify, when it clear in the State Department response that it hasn’t been determined if Kerry will testify or not. Issa has been hyping Kerry’s testimony without deal in place for the Secretary of State to testify.

The whole point of this hearing was to get mainstream media attention by dragging Kerry in to testify. Issa is still trying to turn his Benghazi Pinocchio into a real news story. He can’t do that if he is unable to create a pretense of a coverup by the Obama administration. If Democrats don’t play along, this story goes nowhere.

It doesn’t matter to him that having John Kerry testify is silly and pointless, because Kerry wasn’t Secretary of State when the assault occurred. For Issa, this is all about the publicity that’s never going to come.

Benghazi is a non-scandal, and now Rep. Issa is going to holding a hearing next week that will get no media attention. The only thing that Darrell Issa accomplished with his Kerry subpoena is that he exposed his shoddy tactics and complete lack of credibility for the world to see.

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