As today’s big Benghazi hearing gets underway, Republicans are saying Ambassador Thomas Pickering – the co-chairman of the State Department’s committee investigating of the Benghazi attack – has refused to testify today.Apparently, Pickering declined an earlier invitation to testify at a March hearing, but according to the State Department, wanted to appear in today's hearing. Asked by ABC about Pickering's offer, Hill said he could not testify:
The State Department says the opposite is true – that Pickering wanted to testify but Republicans would not let him.
“Ambassador Pickering volunteered to appear,” a State Department official tells ABC News. “But [Government Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell] Issa said no.”
“That is 100 percent untrue,” says Issa spokesman Frederick Hill.
“If Ambassador Pickering has reversed himself and wants to testify, we would welcome him at a future date,” Hill said.In other words, that thing Hill said was "100 percent untrue" ... was in fact 100 percent accurate.
How about today?
Hill said it is too late.