The House Select Committee on Benghazi and the White House are at a standstill over whether President Obama should answer questions about the 2012 attack, according to Politico.
The committee sent Obama a list of questions, which the administration has called inappropriate and an attempt to frame the White House as uncooperative.
Neil Eggleston, counsel to the president, has advised Obama not to answer any questions "because of the implications of his response on the constitutional separation of powers," he said in a letter to Chairman Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy MORE (R-S.C.).
“If the president were to answer your questions, his response would suggest that Congress has the unilateral power to demand answers from the president about his official acts,” the letter reads.
Meanwhile, committee spokesman Jamal Ware criticized the White House for being unhelpful to the investigation.
“It's no surprise President Obama would rather take questions from Derek Jeter than answer questions for the American people about the Benghazi terrorist attacks, which followed what he himself has called his worst mistake — failing to plan for what happened after the State Department pushed U.S. intervention in Libya,” Ware said, referring to a recent sit-down between the president and the former New York Yankees star.
“The White House’s fictional narrative today is the latest chapter of the fictional narrative it has been spinning since 2012, when four of our fellow citizens were murdered by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in the tragic terrorist attacks in Benghazi."
The panel is set to release its final report in the coming weeks after a two-year investigation.