Saturday, December 16, 2017
Politics

Pickering agrees to be questioned on State Department's internal review of Benghazi

WASHINGTON — The retired U.S. diplomat who co-chaired an internal State Department review of the 2012 terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday ended his refusal to submit to a closed-door interview with a Republican-led House committee that is investigating the assault.

No date was set for the private deposition of retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering by staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

"Today, Ambassador Pickering reached an agreement with the oversight committee to voluntarily appear for a transcribed interview and answer all questions posed by committee investigators," the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement.

A spokeswoman said the State Department had no immediate comment.

Issa said that his committee, which is spearheading an investigation into the attacks by five Republican-run House of Representatives panels, wants to question Pickering about charges by three State Department officials that the department review failed to hold senior officials accountable for insufficient security at the Benghazi compound.

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