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WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to testify before Congress after the White House refused to explain why documents related to the administration’s explanation of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi were not released in response to a congressional subpoena issued last year.

Someone needs to answer why this administration hid these documents – and tell the American people what else is being concealed. The House used its subpoena power to obtain documents, including emails, last year, but these emails didn’t show up until now, after a court ordered their release to an outside watchdog group. This defiance of the House’s subpoena power is the most flagrant example yet of the administration's contempt for the American people’s right to know the truth about what happened when four Americans died in a fiery terrorist attack. If the White House won’t explain it, Secretary Kerry should come to the Capitol to explain why he defied an official congressional subpoena. And the White House needs to understand that this investigation will not end until the entire truth is revealed and justice and accountability are served.”