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Great news – via The Politico:
Darrell Issa will resume hammering the White House on Benghazi on Thursday after four months of relative silence on the subject, as his committee interrogates two of the chief independent investigators of the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya.
Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will basically investigate the independent investigation by the Accountability Review Board. The ARB released a December report detailing the Obama administration’s response to the attacks, calling for tighter security at many embassies but stopping short of laying blame on senior officials in the State Department.
Lawmakers will hear from two key witnesses who wrote the ARB report, former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Mike Mullen. Their report has come under fire from Republicans, who say key witnesses weren’t interviewed.
Republicans have accused Pickering and Mullen of “whitewashing” the response to the attacks in order to protect Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time. Democrats call that claim absurd.
Getting the two men into a hearing room has taken months. Both volunteered to testify in May after their report came under fire, but Issa insisted on first conducting closed-door interviews — going so far as to subpoena Pickering. The two sat for interviews in June but getting a public hearing scheduled has dragged on longer.
Democrats, who have been calling for the two to be permitted to testify for months, argue Pickering and Mullen will make the strongest defense against Republican accusations of political motives and coverups around the attacks. Republicans think it will be one of the best opportunities to indict not just the administration but more specifically, Clinton.
Stay tuned ….