U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, today again called on Chairman Darrell Issa to open to the public tomorrow's closed deposition with Ambassador Thomas Pickering, the co-author of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board's report. Pocan earlier called for an open deposition when the Ambassador's testimony was originally scheduled in May. 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.
"While the date of Ambassador Pickering's testimony has changed, what remains the same is Chairman Issa blocking the public from hearing what he has to say," said Pocan. "The goal of our committee should be to conduct a nonpartisan and transparent investigation to determine what happened in Benghazi, and most importantly, how we can prevent a similar attack in the future. Ambassador Pickering has formally requested an open and public hearing, and Chairman Issa should fulfill his commitment to transparency and open up tomorrow's deposition to the American people."