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 BoehnerHillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase Facebook execs to meet with GOP leaders over concerns about anti-conservative bias Boehner: Federal government should not interfere in recreational marijuana decisions MORE says the House Select Committee on Benghazi isn’t out of bounds for calling Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryGOP Senate report says Obama officials gave Iran access to US financial system Democrats conflicted over how hard to hit Trump on Iran In Iraq, the US State Department has a religious blindspot 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 GowdySunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Five takeaways on the IG’s scathing report on the FBI House conservatives introduce resolution calling on DOJ to provide key documents on 2016 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.