State Department won't say if Kerry would testify on Benghazi

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) convention in Las VegasBy Susan Cornwell and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Monday declined to say whether Secretary of State John Kerry would be willing to testify to a Republican-controlled congressional panel that is probing a 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The panel’s chairman, Representative Trey Gowdy, told CBS television on Sunday he would seek Kerry’s testimony if the panel does not get “satisfaction” on why Kerry has been so “recalcitrant” in handing over State Department documents from the period of the attack. Among other things, Gowdy is seeking emails from ten of Clinton’s aides as part of his investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

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