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Darrell Issa subpoenas John Kerry over Benghazi

House GOP also tells reporters it's planning to announce a special select committee to investigate further

Elias Isquith
May 2, 2014 8:02PM (UTC)

Friday saw the release of a pretty good jobs report, which for the GOP could only mean one thing: It's time to quadruple-down on #Benghazi!

A few hours after the jobs report was released, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa announced via Twitter on Friday his intention to subpoena Secretary of State John Kerry for documents relating to the Benghazi attack of 2012:


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Issa's subpoena is a response to the revelation of new emails sent by Obama administration officials in the hours following the attack, a development that Republicans are describing as a "smoking gun" that proves the White House was misleading in its description of the causes of incident that led to four American deaths. (Dave Weigel of Slate, however, has argued that there's a lot less smoke than Republicans have claimed.)

In addition to Issa's subpoena, Republicans also communicated via the press their intention to launch a special select committee to further investigate the Benghazi attack and any possible attempts by the administration to obscure its causes or hide any mistakes that were made in the immediate aftermath. According to early reports, the committee will be lead by GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, who made a bit of a name for himself among Republicans in 2012 with this impassioned Benghazi-related rant:


So, yeah, happy #Benghazi day, everybody. It certainly won't be 2014's last.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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