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Will John Kerry testify about Benghazi?

Secretary of State Kerry testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 8, 2014.  (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Secretary of State John Kerry testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 8, 2014.  (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry was subpoenaed to testify about the 2012 attack on Benghazi, Libya, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Kerry was slated to appear before the committee on May 21, but he said that he wouldn’t comply because of travel plans.

Now, the conflict appears to have been resolved.

According to Jen Psaki, a State Department spokesman:

As we’ve said, Secretary Kerry was previously scheduled to be in Mexico on the day he was subpoenaed to testify. We and the Committee have been in touch to determine how to resolve their subpoena, but we have not yet made arrangements for a hearing date. We look forward to addressing the matters raised in the Committee’s letter and subpoena. Given the pressing foreign affairs issues that the Secretary is actively engaged on and the Committee’s focus on document production issues, we would like to explore whether there are better means of addressing the Committee’s interests, including through a more appropriate witness.

The Associated Press reports that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the committee’s chairman, is standing down:

“The State Department has told the Committee that they are committed to finding an alternative date in the near future for Secretary Kerry to testify before the Oversight Committee,” Frederick Hill, a spokesman for the panel, said Monday. “As such, Chairman Issa agreed to lift the subpoena obligation for May 21.”

Issa also tweeted news of the detente:

Justin Wm. Moyer is a reporter for The Washington Post's Morning Mix. Follow him on Twitter: @justinwmmoyer.

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