In a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry that was first obtained by The Hill., Issa claimed that the department’s official release of 100 emails to the committee earlier this month was “incomplete” while noting that the press had copies of the documents five days prior.
Pointing out the GOP-controlled committee’s numerous attempts to secure the documents from the administration, Issa stated that he was “left with no alternative but to compel the State Department to produce relevant documents through a subpoena.”
Issa wrote that the subpoena “covers documents and the communications related to talking points prepared for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and used by Ambassador Susan Rice during her September 16th, 2012, appearances on CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, and CNN.”
Issa said that the documents released earlier this month do not answer “critical” questions posed by his panel as it investigates what happened during the attack that killed former U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stephens and three other Americans.
Nearly a week after the Sept. 11, 2012, assault, Rice took to the airwaves to blame the attack on a protest over an anti-Islam video.