Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee have sent a subpoena to Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen Hedger about the testimony of a Benghazi witness, according to Politico
Committee Chairman Trent Gowdy had suggested that Hedger misled the committee when he said the department could not find a drone sensor operator from the night of the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012.
Hedger wrote a letter to Gowdy in April, saying the department had spent "significant resources," but could not find the drone sensor operator. The operator had called in to Sean Hannity's radio show in 2013, referring to himself only as "John from Iowa," and said he had seen a video feed related to the attack.
The Benghazi committee was formed after a 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, killed four Americans, according to NBC News
Members of the committee question whether the attack was preventable, and much of the investigation has centered on then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Defense Department provided names of drone sensor operators that could have been the Hannity caller, and the Benghazi committee found and interviewed "John from Iowa." Gowdy said after the interview that he believed Hedger and his department knew "who and where John was."
The Benghazi panel's Democrats issued a statement by its spokeswoman, saying the panel had already seen the video feed that "John" mentioned.
Republicans and Democrats on the committee have each accused the other side of keeping the investigation going longer than it should.
"This latest abuse of authority by the House Republicans is ridiculous and a desperate distraction from a failed investigation," South Carolina Democrat Elijah Cummings said.
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