Lawmakers Haven't Heard Whether Kerry Will Appear

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel that will be holding a hearing on Benghazi says it hasn't heard anything from Secretary of State John Kerry about being unavailable to testify.

He'd been subpoenaed to attend the hearing later this month -- but the State Department now says he'll be on a two-day trip to Mexico then.

Kerry said yesterday he would comply with "whatever responsibilities" he has to Congress.

The ongoing probe by the House Oversight Committee is separate from an investigation that House Republicans are planning with a special panel. A vote to establish that probe is expected tomorrow. Democrats and Republicans have been sparring over the composition of that committee, and its operating rules.

Today, House Speaker John Boehner vowed that the examination would be "all about getting to the truth" of the Obama administration's response to the attack in Libya in September of 2012 in which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed. Boehner says the probe won't be a partisan, election-year circus -- which is what many Democrats fear it will be.

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