Thomas Pickering Testifies Behind Closed Doors On Benghazi

Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering gave a lengthy, closed-door deposition on Tuesday, saying he considered his role heading the Benghazi investigation “a debt of honor in memory of Ambassador Stevens who he knew very well,” according to one attendee.

Pickering testified for more than three hours, fielding questions from lawmakers and staff in both parties on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“Ambassador Pickering is handling himself like the gentleman that he is,” Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) said after exiting the deposition briefly. “He’s fielding the questions one at a time. There have been no bombshells. He’s being asked about the contents of the recommendations in the [Accountability Review Board] report. He’s handling himself very well. There [has] been a little bit of banter about the propriety of some of the questions, but it really hasn’t gotten out of hand.”

“It’s good to have the dialogue. It’s disappointing that you had to use a subpoena to get him here,” said Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who has been leading the charge on Benghazi.

Chaffetz said there were still “a lot more questions.”

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