Washington Post: Middle East peace activist wants to take fight to Republicans in CongressApril 5, 2016
Second in a series of profiles of candidates running for the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.
Joel Rubin calls Jan. 27, 2015, the best and worst day of his State Department career.
He spent nearly three hours at the witness table before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, answering questions from angry Republicans about the deadly 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Libya. Democrats regard the probe, still ongoing after nearly two years, as an attempt to undermine the presidential candidacy of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Rubin, then deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs, deflected, demurred, denied and placated. He promised total cooperation. He told the chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), that the department was hard at work responding to the committee’s requests.
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