Issa Queries Kerry on Status of Benghazi Employees

Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 05:11 PM

By Todd Beamon

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Rep. Darrell Issa asked the State Department on Wednesday to explain the status of four employees who were put on paid leave as a result of the investigation into the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans last Sept. 11.

In a letter Issa wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee said that the workers were put on leave more than seven months ago, Politico reports.

Little has been done in the interim to determine their status, Issa said.

Urgent: Is Obama Telling the Truth on IRS, Benghazi Scandals?

"Witnesses interviewed by the committee — including officials named by the ARB and their supervisors — are uncertain how and why the Secretary settled on paid administrative leave as appropriate course of action," Issa wrote to Kerry. He was referring to the Accountability Review Board.

"It is also unclear how the State Department will resolve the employment status of the officials on leave."

A report released by the board in December listed several middle-management State Department employees as having not completed their duties and compromised safety, Politico reports.

The inquiry began shortly after Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in the Benghazi attacks.

The investigation led then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to put the four employees on leave.

The report, by former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Mike Mullen, has since been attacked by Capitol Hill Republicans. They have contended that not enough State employees were interviewed and that those who were did not receive a chance to read their testimony.

In his letter, Issa questioned whether the decision to place those employees on leave "was more a public relations strategy than a measured response to a tragedy."

The California congressman also noted that other State employees that the committee had determined were part of the security preparations in the attack have since been promoted, Politico reports.

Urgent: Is Obama Telling the Truth on IRS, Benghazi Scandals?

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Former Member: Oklahoma Mosque Taught Radical Islam

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 22:43 PM

A former member of an Oklahoma mosque attended by the suspect in a recent beheading said members and leaders taught radi . . .

Rand Paul: 'I Am Not Opposed to Birth Control'

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 11:30 AM

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., widely believed to be seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016, cautiously tiptoed . . .

Dick Morris: Obama Went Out of Way to Miss Intelligence Briefings

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 11:15 AM

President Barack Obama has missed 58 percent of the national security intelligence briefings during each of his terms in . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved