Issa subpoenas documents on Benghazi

House Republicans say the Obama administration has ignored requests for documents related to the attacks

By Jillian Rayfield

Published May 28, 2013 8:42PM (EDT)

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has subpoenaed documents from the State Department related to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, including communications about the talking points issued to Ambassador Susan Rice, which have become a sticking point in the House investigation of the administration's response to the attacks.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Issa wrote that he and members of Congress "have requested documents and information related to the ongoing investigation. To date, the Administration has largely ignored these requests, despite various pledges both you and the President have made to cooperate with Congress."

"The State Department has not lived up to the Administration's broad and unambiguous promises of cooperation with Congress. Therefore, I am left with no alternative but to compel the State Department to produce relevant documents through a subpoena," Issa wrote.

Jillian Rayfield

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