Secretary of State John F. Kerry will be on the hot seat next month — slated to be grilled by GOP congressional pit bull Darrell Issa on the alleged White House cover-up of the Benghazi terrorist attacks — in a high-profile hearing that threatens to embroil him in the growing scandal and distract him from his international agenda, critics said yesterday.
“He’s in a no-win situation,” said Erin O’Brien, a political science professor at University of Massachusetts Boston. “If he doesn’t testify, it just gives the story more legs and they say, ‘He’s in a cover-up.’ When he does arrive, it heightens the attention to the story.”
Kerry yesterday agreed to testify on June 12 after Issa’s House Oversight Committee recently released so-called “smoking gun” emails showing the White House misleading the American public on the nature of the Sept. 11, 2012, al-Qaeda-linked terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the ambassador.
“As the head of the State Department, you might have an inkling as to where the bodies are buried,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “It will continue to grow because this is also going parallel to the VA scandal. You’re seeing a pattern by this administration of holding the ball and giving a song and dance over and over.”
A 12-member House Oversight select committee on the Benghazi scandal is being set up by U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who will chair the hearings.