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Darrell Issa (R-CA) made a fool of himself on ďMeet the PressĒ Sunday as he tried to defend his Benghazi conspiracy. David Gregory (R-TV) pushed back hard, even bringing up the GOPís defunding of security.
Issa even accused General David Petraeus of lying for the administration. As soon as Gregory would call Issa on one thing, heíd say he was investigating something else. Issa accused Tom Pickering of refusing to testify when in fact, Issa had not invited him to speak and Pickering was told that the Republican majority did not want him there. Issa ended up backtracking on that one, too, and it was super awkward when it came out that Issa never asked for him to appear.
Turns out, Issa was just making inaccurate, unfounded accusations so as to falsely infuse his Benghazi hearings with the aura of nefarious dark secrets, because that is what Issa does for a living
Hereís the edited-for-brevity transcript from NBC. Iíve bolded the highlights (commentary in italics). Itís long, but itís really a must-read if you want to see just how empty the Republican conspiracy is, and just how vulnerable Republicans are making their party with this line of attack:
Transcript at link..
From Sarah Jones at PoliticusUSA.. Thank you, Sarah!
Thought this should be out there since there seems to be so much Impeachment fearmongering and "Benghazi's the ONE!!11".
Amb. Pickering: I offered to testify and was rejected
Ambassador Thomas Pickering responds to Congressman Darrell Issaís claim that the diplomat should testify on the Benghazi incident.
Ambassador Pickering: I Was Willing To Testify On Benghazi
U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering said Wednesday he offered to testify at today's House Oversight Committee hearing on the deadly Benghazi, Libya attacks that occurred last year, contrary to what Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) claimed.
"Yes, I'm willing to testify," Pickering told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday. "I made that clear yesterday. The White House I understand made that clear to Mr. Issa. He declined. I don't know the reasons for that, made some statement about perhaps sometime later we could come, but I was very interested in being there, because i thought the testimony this morning might be important with respect to the accountability review board and its work."
Pickering co-chaired an independent accountability review board on behalf of the State Department in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks. A spokesman for Issa disputed his account, saying that committee rules prevented late additions to the witness list.
At link.. Issa spokesman, Fred Hill, more or less called Adm Pickering a liar.http://livewire.talkingpo intsmemo.com/entry/ambassador- pickering-i-was-willing-to-tes tify-on