Kerry Pressured To Reveal Names In Alleged State Department Cover-Up

AP

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding information about the alleged cover-up of misconduct cases in the State Department, according to The Hill

Royce requested the names of any individual who may have instructed the Diplomatic Security Service not to pursue eight cases of alleged misconduct within the State Department under its former head Hillary Clinton.

CBS News first reported Monday on the internal State Department memo revealing the investigations, including an “underground drug ring” operating near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; Clinton’s security detail soliciting prostitutes; and a U.S. Ambassador “patronizing prostitutes in a public park.” 

“The notion that any or all of these cases would not be investigated thoroughly by the Department is unacceptable,” Royce wrote.

The State Department denies the allegations. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that “the notion that we would not vigorously pursue criminal misconduct is not only preposterous, it’s inaccurate.”

Royce gave Kerry until June 25 to submit the requested documents. 

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