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Post Show Thoughts: Re-Examining Benghazi

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) wants to take deposition from the leaders of the State Department's Accountability Review Board on Benghazi. 

Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Mike Mullen will be invited Monday for a "private deposition so [Issa's committee] can get the facts in a non partisan way."

When asked if he would appear before Issa's committee, Pickering, who was also a guest this morning, replied "of course."

As House Oversight Chairman, Issa defended his committee’s hearings against those who say they are an attempt by Republicans to "target" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  for political reasons. 

"Hillary Clinton is not a target. President Obama is not a target. The target is how did we fail three different ways," he said on this morning's Meet the Press. 

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) disagreed later on the program, saying she worries politics are a motivating factor behind the Republican interest in Benghazi.

"My concern is when Hillary Clinton's name is mentioned 32 times in a hearing, that the point of the hearing is to discredit the secretary of state who has very high popularity and may well be a candidate for president."

However, the Intelligence chairwoman gave credence to some of the charges by Republicans and was critical of the White House for being too "cautious," on Benghazi. She would have liked the president "to move faster" in calling it a terror attack because it was "so evident."

You can watch the entire program on our website to hear more on the Benghazi attack including an exchange between Issa and Ambassador Thomas Pickering on why he did not testify at last week's hearing. 

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