Benghazi probe co-chair subpoenaed by House panel

CREATED May 17, 2013

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the House Oversight committee has issued a subpoena to compel the co-chairman of the independent review board that investigated last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, to answer questions about its findings in closed session.

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa issued the subpoena on Friday to retired veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering to force him to appear at a deposition next Thursday.

Pickering has offered to testify before Issa's committee in public, but Issa said a closed-door meeting is needed first.

Issa is one of several GOP lawmakers who have suggested the Obama administration is trying to cover up the circumstances and aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the Benghazi outpost that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.


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