Skip to comments.State Dept.: Kerry Will Not Comply with Benghazi Subpoena
Posted on 05/06/2014 8:02:19 AM PDT by Nachum
Secretary of State John Kerry has been subpoenaed to testify on Benghazi on May 21st. However, in the daily State Department press briefing on Monday, deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said that Kerry will be out of the country on that day and wont comply with the subpoena to testify on that particular date. Harf said that Kerry has been made aware of the subpoena, but still plans to be out of the country and in Mexico on the 21st. She said the State Department was surprised that Darrell Issa skipped over offering an invitation and went straight to issuing a
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Waht do you expect? It’s not like he works for you.
Is not a supoena a lawful court order????????
Do the same thing for Kerry as everyone else who does not comply with a subpoena serve his attorney, then...swear out a warrant for his arrest in DC and his home state, and when he steps back onto US soil, arrest him, period. The bail should be $1 million dollars because he went to Mexico and he is a flight risk!
And just why should he? There is no penalty for high ranking Washingtonians for ignoring subpoenas, lying to congress, withholding information and other infractions that would send you and me to jail. They are now above the law.
YES and most people who are no shows get a warrant sworn out for their arrest....how is Kerry any different. And I would serve his attorney with a subpoena that Kerry must show up, and when he doesn’t...well don’t step foot back in your home state or DC because you will be arrested, then set bail at $1 million dollars because he went to Mexico, and is a flight risk!
Full cover up mode.
Treating him “like everyone else” would involve going to his house with several SWAT teams, dogs, snipers and helicopters, shooting and stealing his cattle, tackling and tazing his pregnant relatives and friends, digging up his irrigation systems and threatening to shoot him. That is how people outside the powerful elite get treated.
It was stupid of Issa to issue a subpoena and not first make an attempt to schedule an appointment with his office. It is common courtesy whether or not it is deserved or warranted. Plus when he issued the subpoena Issa could say he was doing it because he was unable to reach an agreement for Kerry to testify.
All Issa accomplishes by acting like a bully is playing into the Democrat talking points. For some reason the GOP has no sense of how to play the public relations game. Certainly the RNC should have enough money to put an outstanding public relations person on retainer. In a world of media soundbites form often matters as much or more than substance.
Quite frankly, now that Boehner is finally appointing a special committee it makes no sense for Issa to be throwing around subpoena’s on Benghazi. The Republicans do look foolish having 5 committees investigating the same topic. Roll the separate investigations into one, hire a good PR person to work with Gowdy, and get moving.
Your turn, Swift Vets. Let’s bring out the goods on Kerry (his long line of lies.)
“Is not a supoena a lawful court order”
It was when I got the 2 I was served and was told failure to appear would result in bad things........of course I’m not above the law like some.
Mr. Ed will be out of the country, in Mesheeco.
Subpoenas aren’t passed out like party favors.
There is usually a good reason why the appearance of an individual is required at a hearing, otherwise the subpoena wouldn’t issue.
And when someone subpoenaed says, “So sorry, can’t do it. Not gonna do it.” usually more is required than, “I anticipate that’s going to be a `bad hair’ day for me.”
or, “I’ll be in Acapulco watching the cliff divers.”
So, why the long face, Ed—what’s so important in Mexico?
"Hanoi John" is above Congress.
The Democrats seem to be betting on their ability to paint any inquiry as a dysfunctional witch hunt based in racism and highly partisan politics. I guess that’s their only hope to hold on in November.
Absolutely...I think he should be treated like everyone else.
In fact there is a precedence in this case from 2008, when Bush was ordered to comply with a subpoena:
Imagine if it was repubs acting this way what the media would be doing.................the mind boggles.
Let’s see if he really tries this. I’m unaware of any authority saying Departments have immunity from congressional subpoenas. Indeed, congressional oversight is mostly, primarily for the very purpose of finding out what departments are doing ( or have done) with our money (and in our name).
I guaran-damn-tee you, with the level of utter hubris and lawlessness, these people will not comply with the results of the 2014 elections, and in 2017, Obama will not comply with the requirement to leave the White House.
Kerry is no different than the Bush Administration subpoena’s in 2008...there is a precedence now so he needs to comply:
Another rich Democrat who thinks his wealth means he doesn’t have to behave like the rest of America. Fat cat Democrat.
“Certainly the RNC should have enough money to put an outstanding public relations person on retainer.”
No, the GOPe figured that money was better spent trying to get rid if the Tea Party people and their candidates.
Will he comply with a subpoena for a contempt of Congress charge?
yes..arrest him when he returns
And pull his Diplomatic Passport as he is demonstrably a flight risk. Also confiscate his boat. We know Holder won't do anything.
You left out shooting his dog.
Kerry has an attorney who can likely get a federal ‘continuance’ thereby postponing the subpoena, depending on who issued it; but he is announcing his defiance as he will not comply, but I think he will be getting some for of postponement ‘continuance’.... trying to make everyone think he is a hard a&$se...but truthfully, John Kerry can be made to comply or face a warrant.
AND the Congress can find him in CONTEMPT, if he gets out of line. That however, will take some B$lls on the part of the members. That remains to be seen.
HERE’S HOPING 2014 voters elect a Conservative Senate.
Bush Administration faced this in 2008:
A contempt citation looms for John F'n Kerry
Send the Capital; Police to his residence and arrest his Ass! Bring him in chains to the hearings.
Congress has become a WHite Hut joke..
Better make it $200 million. He is worth at least that. He burbs thousand-dollar bills.
it most certainly is but, and here's why everyone wants to get into government, there is no controlling legal authority. There is no police group responsible for enforcing laws on the statists. As we used to say in the Nav - " nice work if you can get it "
I wish it were possible to have NO Bail for people like this, and put them in with the general population in prison, however, that would take a conviction; not likely.
Well, THAT ought to do it. Same as it did for Holder.
He has every responsibility to comply with ANY lawful Subpoena. He should be compelled to attend, by force of arms if necessary. If for no other reason than to show that regardless of political position and personal wealth, no one is above the law.
Flight Risk — And impound his yacht.
In the FY 2015 budget, allocate ZERO dollars to any Federal department or agency which has not responded to subpoenas.
After all, all budgets MUST originate in the House. . . and if Justice, State, HHS, etc decide not to comply with the lawful requests of the House. . . .shut them down. Completely.
On the other hand. contempt for Congress is an intelligent position..
Most hold contempt for them, or could care less..
That is..... the citizens that even KNOW there is such a thing as Congress..
You know...... the Congress that financed all Barry Half-Whites treason..
Kerry considers himself to be above the law.
John Kerry was in Vietnam, you know.
Her spend Christmas in Cambodia and still has the hat. /s
Not if your a RAT/MARXIST.
Drag this POS into court by his chin. Shouldn't be too hard.
Supposedly this was a pre-scheduled trip and Issa didn’t check before issuing the summons. I would imagine the SOS would publish a calendar, but maybe not, in this admin.
In any case, it should be easy enough to determine whether Kerry’s trip was already scheduled or not.
"Can I get me a protection fatwah here?"
Was that appealed? Did they ever comply?
Interesting in the ruling .
“...must provide all nonprivileged documents related to ”
For all we know he was invited by back-channels and refused.