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Kerry Agrees to Testify Before House Committee on Benghazi

Fri, 23 May 2014 17:51:28 +0000

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry has agreed to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the Benghazi, Libya attack, the State Department said Friday.

The attack on the U.S. consulate, which occured on Sept. 11, 2012, killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

In a letter -- obtained by ABC News -- to the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Julia Frifield said Kerry is prepared to appear before the panel on June 12 or June 20.

"In doing so, we believe this would remove any need for the Secretary to appear before the Select Committee to answer additional questions," Frifield wrote.

State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf reiterated that point during the State Department briefing on Friday, saying Kerry's cooperation with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's hearing means he will not be testifying before the select committee headed by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

“He will appear once on Benghazi,” Harf said.

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