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Linda Sánchez Statement on Select Committee on Benghazi

July 22, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38), a member of the Select Committee on Benghazi, today issued the following response to Chairman Trey Gowdy’s demand that the State Department’s Chief of Staff testify before the Select Committee on the same day, at the same time, Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Iran nuclear agreement:

“Chairman Gowdy and the Republicans have turned the Select Committee into a partisan sideshow beyond what anyone thought was even possible.  It is shameful how this committee has failed in our responsibility to the American people to carefully analyze the facts behind the Benghazi attacks.  Instead, Chairman Gowdy has shown this committee for what it truly is: a taxpayer-funded political attack machine with subpoena power.

“Now, Chairman Gowdy is trying to use the Select Committee to interfere with Secretary Kerry’s testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee as the Congress takes up the debate over the Iran nuclear agreement. Members deserve the opportunity to learn more about the specifics of the Iran agreement in order to determine its merits on the facts.  Unfortunately, Chairman Gowdy’s planned three-ring circus would only serve as a distraction from Secretary Kerry’s important testimony and does not contribute to a productive debate on the Iran nuclear agreement.”