Boehner: ‘Not too much to ask’ for Kerry aide to appear before Benghazi panel

Boehner: ‘Not too much to ask’ for Kerry aide to appear before Benghazi panel
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House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTrump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election MORE says the House Select Committee on Benghazi isn’t out of bounds for calling Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks MORE’s top staffer to testify. 

“Listen, four Americans lost their lives in this terrorist attack. Their families and fellow citizens deserve to see all of the facts. It's not too much to ask nor, frankly, is it too much to expect from our government,” the Ohio Republican told reporters during a Thursday press conference.

“By refusing to comply with all relevant requests for documents, Secretary Clinton and the State Department are actually prolonging this investigation,” Boehner said.

Select committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyCongressional investigators make first evidence requests in Russia nuclear bribery case Dem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report Dems find an unlikely attack dog on Russia MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday called on Jon Finer, Kerry’s chief of staff, to appear before the panel next week to discuss State’s compliance with the ongoing congressional investigation, especially on the rate of its document production.

Gowdy threatened to issue a subpoena for Finer if he doesn’t cooperate but added his appearance could be delayed if State makes "substantial" document production beforehand.“ 

“If State fails to make this production or if Mr. Finer refuses to come voluntarily, he will be subpoenaed," Gowdy said in a statement. 

Foggy Bottom shot down a previous request from the GOP-controlled panel to have Finer appear next Tuesday at the same exact time Kerry is due to testify about the Iran nuclear deal before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

State argued that Finer, who stayed in Vienna for weeks while Kerry put the finishing touches on the agreement, is too busy getting Congress up to speed on the accord to testify before the select committee.