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Benghazi report authors offer to testify in public, not private

Thursday - 5/16/2013, 11:29am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The authors of a report on the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, are telling a House Republican that they will testify in public -- but they won't submit first to private interviews with investigators for a House oversight panel.

Thomas Pickering and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen wrote a letter to the panel's chairman, Darrell Issa (EYE'-suh), saying that "the public deserves to hear your questions and answers." They offered to appear before his panel either on May 28 or June 3.

On Sunday, Issa accused Pickering of refusing to appear before the panel. Pickering said that wasn't true, and that he had offered to appear.

Meanwhile, congressional Republicans are demanding more information from the administration, after yesterday's White House release of some 100 pages of emails and notes about the attack.

Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah asks, "Why not release all of the unclassified documents?"

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says Republicans hope that the "limited release" is a "sign of more cooperation to come."

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041-c-20-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"from done investigating"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports it's unlikely this release will settle the dispute over the Benghazi attack. (16 May 2013)

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259-v-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)--The White House has released a trove of documents covering the aftermath of the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (15 May 2013)

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APPHOTO DCJM301: A portion of pages of emails that the White House released Wednesday, May 15, 2013, that document how the Obama administration crafted its public talking points immediately following the Sept. 11, 2012, deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, are seen at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (15 May 2013)

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