In a letter to Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California, the committee’s combative chairman, the State Department’s assistant secretary for legislative affairs, Julia Frifield, appeared to go out of her way to pit Mr. Issa’s investigation into the attacks against a new one being conducted by a select committee appointed by Speaker John A. Boehner.
Ms. Frifield said that Mr. Kerry would testify in June, but that in complying with Mr. Issa’s demands, “we believe this would remove any need for the secretary to appear before the select committee” on the Benghazi attacks, which killed four Americans, including J. Christopher Stevens, the ambassador to Libya.
Tempers flared anew this week when Mr. Issa revealed a classified email that the State Department sent to YouTube during the attacks, warning of the ramifications of an anti-Islamic video it was hosting. To critics, Mr. Issa was refusing to step away from the inquiry and let Mr. Gowdy take over. Worse still, the revelation bolstered the White House’s contention that national security officials believed that the attacks were prompted by the video, and that they were not using it as a pretext to play down the assaults’ ties to Al Qaeda.
Never have so many battled over the rights to get in front of a TV camera with so little. Do you think Fox will launch a new channel so they can have simultaneous coverage of both Issa and the Select Committee? It’s clear that Darrell is pretty far up his own asshole, but I wonder how much colon he has left on that little spelunking mission, because he seems to have completely lost the plot that he made up in the first place.