John Kerry: “We have a lot more important things to move on to” than Benghazi
posted at 3:21 pm on April 18, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
By all means, tell us how you really feel.
REP. DANA ROHRABACHER (R-CA): …We need to talk to the people who are on the scene. Can you give us a commitment now that for this administration you will be coming up with the request, the honest request of this investigative committee as to who was evacuated and how to talk to them so we can get a straight answer and an understanding of what happened in Benghazi?
SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: Well, before I became Secretary, Congressman, I believe I got the answers to who was evacuated and had a pretty good sense of what happened there. But now that I am the Secretary and I am responsible to you and the Congress, I can promise you that if you’re not getting something that you have evidence of or you think you ought to be getting, we’ll work with you. And I will appoint somebody to work directly with you starting tomorrow, with you, Mr. Chairman, to have a review of anything you don’t think you’ve gotten that you’re supposed to get. Let’s get this done with, folks.
KERRY: Let’s figure out what it is that’s missing, if it’s legitimate or if it isn’t. I don’t think anybody lied to anybody. And let’s find out exactly, together, what happened, because we need — we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done.
That was at Kerry’s first official Congressional appearance as Secretary of State, with the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday — and while I’m sure he and the rest of the Obama administration are all too eager to close this highly inconvenient little chapter in their recent history, there have still been zero arrests and pretty much zero accountability on the matter, as Guy reminded us yesterday.
“Let’s put this behind us,” Kerry chided the assembled lawmakers, but unfortunately for him, whistleblowers are starting to come forward and the House Oversight Committee isn’t prepared to let it go, seeing as how some real answers on exactly what happened in Benghazi are most definitely relevant to the “serious, important, big current developments” on which Kerry would really prefer that everybody start focusing all of their attention. As Oversight Chairman Issa cautioned them yesterday, the Obama admin should probably get their lawyers ready.