REP. ISSA: You know, let’s not blow things out of proportion. This is a failure, it needs to be investigated. Our committee can investigate. Now, Ambassador Pickering, his people and he refused to come before our committee that…
AMB. THOMAS PICKERING (Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs/Chair, Accountability Review Board on Benghazi): That is not true.
GREGORY: All right. We’re-- we’re going to get to Ambassador Pickering.
REP. ISSA: We have-- we have it in-- we have it in writing, we have White House correspondence. It may not have been the Ambassador’s decision but it was the White House decision. That has been reversed. We’re inviting him on Monday along with Admiral Mullen to come, to go through, with his papers, a private deposition so we can get the facts in a nonpartisan way.
REP. ISSA: We’ll have Republicans and Democratic…
GREGORY: Well, all right. Ambassador Pickering, you-- you just jumped in here. You’re willing to appear?
AMB. PICKERING: Of course. I’ve said the day before the hearings, I was willing to appear to come to the very hearings that he disclu-- he excluded me from. The White House told me back that he said…
REP. ISSA: One second. Please-- please don’t tell me I excluded you.
AMB. PICKERING: Well, the-- the majority was-- we were told the majority said I was not welcomed at that hearing. I could come at some other time.
REP. ISSA: Well, as-- as the ambassador just said, the day before the hearing, if the White House said we’d like to have him, there’s a procedure. He could have been the Democratic witness. And we would have allowed him. The Democrats requested no witness. The fact is, we don’t want to have some sort of a stage show. We had fact witnesses. They testified. We have the Ambassador and-- and Admiral Mullen who conducted and oversaw the ARB. We’re inviting them on Monday. We’ll go through, not in front of the public but-- but in a nonpartisan way questions and answers and then obviously…
GREGORY: All right.
Just to point out that Issa has his own slippery view at the truth. He blamed the Democrats on the Committee for not inviting Pickering. Issa is the chairman, you'd think the chairman would want to get at the truth. He says he does. You'd think he would invite all the people he thought would help arrive at that truth. Instead he just hid behind "procedure" to explain why Pickering wasn't included. And, once cornered, Issa now will have these witnesses appear in private. How convenient. He doesn't want a show hearing, but had no problem with putting on that show last Friday.
Issa is no better than any other partisan in this. I feel so much better knowing that the truth was sacrificed for "procedure".
And this is why these hearing can be and usually are laughable, even though I always watch then. Each side seeks the truth from the well of their partisan politics. They all act like they are attorneys presenting a case before a jury from opposing sides, instead of leaders seeking the truth.