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Darrell Issa: John Kerry just proved Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi probe was PR stunt

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Secretary of State John Kerry reinstated the four officials Hillary Clinton put on leave after the Benghazi terrorist attack, thus proving that Hillary Clinton’s Accountability Review Board was a “public relations strategy” rather than an honest investigation, according to a top lawmaker.

“Instead of accountability, the State Department offered a charade that included false reports of firings and resignations and now ends in a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement.

“It is now clear that the personnel actions taken by the Department in response to the Benghazi terrorist attacks was more of a public relations strategy than a measured response to a failure in leadership,” he said.

The Daily Beast reported Monday night that Kerry had decided to reinstate the four officials who went on administrative leave following the attack. Raymond Maxwell,  deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, had filed a grievance challenging the leave.

“I had no involvement to any degree with decisions on security and the funding of security at our diplomatic mission in Benghazi,” Maxwell told the Daily Beast.

Issa pointed out the Clinton put Maxwell and the others on leave without even interviewing them  “In the course of our investigation, the Oversight Committee learned that the State Department’s review of these four individuals did not include interviews with them or their supervisors to either substantiate or challenge allegations,” he said.

“The Oversight Committee will expand its investigation of the Benghazi terrorist attack to include how a supposed ‘Accountability Review Board’ investigation resulted in a decision by Secretary Kerry not to pursue any accountability from anyone.”

 

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