Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday his House oversight committee has subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry to testify in the continuing investigation of the 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Rep. Darrell Issa at a House meeting. Photo courtesy Issa’s office

The subpoena requires Kerry to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to answer questions at a public hearing on May 21. The committee had earlier subpoenaed documents from the State Department.

“The State Department’s response to the Congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack has shown a disturbing disregard for the department’s legal obligations to Congress,” Issa wrote in a letter to Kerry.

“Compliance with a subpoena for documents is not a game. Because your department is failing to meet its legal obligations, I am issuing a new subpoena to compel you to appear before the committee to answer questions about your agency’s response to the Congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack,” the Republican from north San Diego wrote.

On Thursday, retired USAF Brig. Gen. Robert Lovell, who was in the operations control room in Germany on the night of the attack, testified that the State Department never asked military forces to intervene in Benghazi during the attack, which killed four Americans.

Issa, who is chairman of the oversight committee, represents the 49th District, which includes coastal San Diego from Del Mar north to the county line, Rancho Santa Fe, Vista and much of southern Orange County.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.