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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Calls on Chairman Issa to Open Thursday’s Benghazi Deposition to the Public

May 21, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, today called on Chairman Darrell Issa to open to the public Thursday’s closed deposition with Ambassador Thomas Pickering, the co-author of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board’s report. Last week, both Pickering and his fellow co-author, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, sent a letter to Issa expressing their desire to testify publically before the committee and provide the American people with answers it deserves.

“At our last hearing on Benghazi, Chairman Issa said the minority did not share his commitment to ‘transparency.’ Yet now he wants to close the doors on testimony from Ambassador Pickering, even though the Ambassador formally requested an open and public hearing,” said Pocan.  “A complete and unbiased investigation requires full transparency so we can understand how the attacks in Benghazi occurred and then take substantive steps to prevent a similar attack in the future. The public deserves to hear what Ambassador Pickering has to say on the Accountability Review Board’s findings, and I urge Chairman Issa to open his testimony to the public.”