At the same time, Rep.
Boehner said he had little choice but to begin a House investigation after the
"The administration's withholding of documents — emails showing greater White House involvement in misleading the American people — is a flagrant violation of trust," Boehner said. He said he expected the committee "to work quickly to get answers for the American people."
Questions about the White House's role in the early explanations of the attack at the U.S. outpost in Benghazi have continued to swirl, especially among conservative Republicans in
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But a senior GOP leadership aide said Boehner "was furious to learn that the administration withheld relevant documents from a congressional subpoena."
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, left him little choice but to subpoena Kerry's testimony.
"The department is not entitled to delay responsive emails because it is embarrassing or implicates the roles and actions of senior officials," Issa said Friday.
The hard-charging chairman has pursued an ongoing probe of the attack, but Democrats, too, especially those in tough reelection battles have begun to raise questions about the issue.
The recently disclosed email from Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy security council advisor, urged Rice to describe the attack as the result of anti-American protests rather than a "broader failure of policy."
Republicans seized on the email as a "smoking gun," saying it shows that the White House sought to cover up the terrorist attack for political purposes.