Benghazi Auditors Refuse Closed-Door Meeting With Issa

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Thursday, 16 May 2013 02:26 PM

By Dan Weil

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The co-leaders of the board appointed by the State Department to look into the Benghazi attacks are refusing to meet behind closed doors with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

"Requiring a closed-door proceeding before we testify publicly is an inappropriate pre-condition," former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen wrote in a letter to the California Republican Thursday, The Hill reports.

The two men head the Accountability Review Board that reviewed and issued a report on the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.

"In the past week members of your committee have publicly criticized – in both an open hearing and in the media – the work of the Accountability Review Board," Pickering and Mullen wrote.

"Having taken liberal license to call into question the Board's work, it is surprising that you now maintain that members of the committee need a closed-door proceeding before being able to ask 'informed questions' at a public hearing."

Republicans have chastised the ARB for failing to interview former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or to call for the firing of anyone at the State Department in a critical report on Benghazi delivered last year.




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