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May 2, 2014 - 3:07 pm

The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee accused Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of creating conflict just to reap publicity with his subpoena of Secretary of State John Kerry.

The subpoena tells Kerry to appear at a May 21 hearing to answer more questions about Benghazi — in particular, the State Department’s unwillingness to hand over requested documents to the committee.

In a three-page letter to Kerry accompanying the subpoena, Issa outlines the State Department’s evasiveness with the committee and stresses that “compliance with a subpoena for documents is not a game.”

Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), whose battles with Issa have only gotten more heated as the chairman continues to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack, said Issa didn’t check if Kerry would be in the country before issuing the subpoena and didn’t hold a committee vote on the action.

“These actions are not a responsible approach to congressional oversight, they continue a trend of generating unnecessary conflict for the sake of publicity, and they are shockingly disrespectful to the Secretary of State,” Cummings said in a statement.

The House Oversight Dems noted that in 2007, then-Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) issued a subpoena to require Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to testify “only after he had sent multiple letters requesting her testimony and after a full debate and vote by the entire Committee.” The reason was to grill Rice about justification for the war in Iraq.

“Even after the Committee voted to issue the subpoena, Chairman Waxman worked with the Secretary to identify a date that worked for her schedule, ultimately postponing the hearing more than four months,” Cummings’ office noted.

They highlighted Issa’s opposition to the Rice subpoena, in which he noted “the inappropriateness of hauling the secretary of State … out of the performance of her job.”

At a press conference yesterday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) complained, “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, why aren’t we talking about something else.”

“Whatever was in that, what I know of what I’ve read in the press about those emails were very consistent with what was put out there before. I don’t think there’s anything new there,” Pelosi said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The closer they get to the truth, the louder the democrats howl. Keep the heat on Darrell!
33 weeks ago
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You hear these people tossing around the "Uncle Tom" insult regarding conservative people of integrity, such as Justice Clarence Thomas. Cummings is among the loudest of those yelling Uncle Tom at anyone who goes off the reservation.

Cummings really is a Democrat House Negro. He wears his bondage on the plantation freely. Maryland should be ashamed that she sent this tool to Washington.
33 weeks ago
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"shockingly disrespectful"

Cummings, you scumbag, STFU and crawl back into your hole.
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Let me guess...Ben Rhodes and Marie Harf are writing some fictional response that Kerry has too many overseas trips to attend to.
32 weeks ago
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I've long wondered if Cummings is really as dumb as he appears to be. He keeps getting elected so I guess his bufoonery appeals to some one.
32 weeks ago
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"I don’t think "

Did Pelosi just use these words together in a sentence? Perfect!
32 weeks ago
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I can predict Cumming's thoughts on any matter. Why bother with his droning?
33 weeks ago
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The closer they get to the truth, the louder the democrats howl. Keep the heat on Darrell!
33 weeks ago
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"At a press conference yesterday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) complained, “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, why aren’t we talking about something else.”"
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Yeah - anything BUT the important stuff eh Nancy?

I just hope and pray that someone puts you and your thuggish party members in jail - for a long long time.

33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
You hear these people tossing around the "Uncle Tom" insult regarding conservative people of integrity, such as Justice Clarence Thomas. Cummings is among the loudest of those yelling Uncle Tom at anyone who goes off the reservation.

Cummings really is a Democrat House Negro. He wears his bondage on the plantation freely. Maryland should be ashamed that she sent this tool to Washington.
33 weeks ago
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I live Maryland, and I'm ashamed of him. He's set society back 150 years. Course, he gets his pockets well lined for doing it....
32 weeks ago
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Bingo!, but specifically let's insert:

"Maryland ["...voters for Cummings.."] should be ashamed that she [they] sent this tool to Washington."


But these voters aren't the least bit ashamed because all of their standards are wrapped around their blatantly racial "gettin' even" mind-set. This is why we have the Sharptons, the Sheila and the Jesse Jacksons elected over and over and over again from inside their constituencies, and th' Obama elected twice.

Their own racist emotions rule simultaneously as they hurl the "Racism!" epithet all over the place at everybody else.

Hypocrisy?...oh my, yes indeed.
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"shockingly disrespectful"

Cummings, you scumbag, STFU and crawl back into your hole.
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