Advisory: Select Committee on Benghazi Announces Hearing on Repeated State Department Compliance Failures
Washington, DC—The Benghazi Select Committee today announced Jon Finer has been called to appear for a hearing on Wednesday, July 29th on repeated State Department compliance failures.
Chairman Gowdy emphasized the reason for specifically calling Mr. Finer, saying, “Secretary Kerry early in the Committee’s infancy designated his Chief of Staff as the point person on this matter. To that point, and after a number of unproductive meetings to ensure compliance with our requests, our Committee met with his current Chief of Staff, Jon Finer.”
Mr. Finer previously agreed to appear before the Committee on July 8, 2015 to answer in person for the slow state of document production, absent substantial compliance. When Mr. Finer requested the hearing be delayed to accommodate his work schedule, the Chairman agreed Mr. Finer would not have to travel back to the United States during the pendency of the Iran nuclear negotiations.
“The State Department has used every excuse to avoid complying with fundamental requests for documents,” Gowdy said. “Our Committee has tried asking personally. Our Committee has tried letter requests. Our Committee has tried public hearings with other agency employees. Our Committee has tried subpoenas. While the tactics tried have varied, the results have not. Our Committee is not in possession of all documents needed to do the work assigned to us. Even in the month of July, three separate transcribed interviews were postponed because the State Department could not produce the emails - even from a four month window - before the scheduled interviews took place.”
Gowdy also pointed out additional compliance issues recently brought to light, saying “It has become apparent, since I last spoke with Mr. Finer, that emails directly related to the Committee's jurisdiction, in fact unarguably related the Committee's jurisdiction, have been withheld by the Department.”
There is a simple remedy to delay Mr. Finer’s appearance: substantial production to Committee requests, as already outlined to the Department. If State fails to make this production or if Mr. Finer refuses to come voluntarily, he will be subpoenaed.
Subject Matter: State Department Compliance Update
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
HVC-210, The Capitol