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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 BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE says the House Select Committee on Benghazi isn’t out of bounds for calling Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes Kerry2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states When it comes to Colombia, America is in a tough spot 36 people who could challenge Trump in 2020 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 GowdyOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand GOP lawmakers: Obama admin ‘hastily’ wrote lead ammunition ban 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.