Select Committee Announces Upcoming Testimony of Top State Department Official

February 2, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement announcing tomorrow’s private interview of Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy:

“Our committee looks forward to completing the first thorough investigation into what happened before, during and after the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi. Ours is the first to obtain and review roughly 70,000 pages of relevant documents, but we are still waiting to receive crucial records from the CIA and the State Department. Patrick Kennedy will hopefully be able to shed some light about some of these serial delays and why security in Benghazi was grossly inadequate. The Democrats on this committee will no doubt continue to do everything they can to undermine and obstruct our work, but the American people and the families of the four victims deserve to know the truth, and that’s why we are going to stay focused on gathering all the facts.”

Kennedy will be the 72nd witness interviewed by the committee to date. Of that number, 57 had never before been interviewed by a congressional committee.

The Select Committee is not aware of any other congressional committee requesting Kennedy’s emails related to Benghazi or Libya. It first did so in November 2014, but the State Department did not begin to produce any from his account until a year later, and continued to do so through last month.

As Under Secretary of State for Management, Kennedy oversees the budget and planning, diplomatic security, staffing, information resource management, records management, overseas buildings operations, and more. In late 2011, he approved an extension of the U.S. presence in Benghazi through the end of 2012.  

Kennedy’s interview was originally scheduled for January 26 but had to be rescheduled due to the snow-related closure of the federal government.