From The Washington Times:

The House Select Committee on Benghazi has demanded that a top Defense Department official testify after the committee interviewed a witness Thursday who says he was a drone sensor operator on the night of the attack — and is a person the official said in late April the department could not find.

Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, said he was stunned by Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen Hedger’s delays in finding the drone operator, identified as “John from Iowa,” particularly after Mr. Hedger sent an error-filled message thinly accusing the committee of wasting the Pentagon’s time and money.

The committee heard from the drone operator Thursday, and Mr. Gowdy announced Friday that he had issued a subpoena to make Mr. Hedger testify next week on why it took him months to produce the man.

“This witness is still on active duty and confirmed Thursday the Air Force knew exactly who he was — a drone sensor operator who was operating over Benghazi on the night of the attacks,” Mr. Gowdy said.

In late April, Mr. Hedger wrote to Mr. Gowdy about a recent “crescendo” of requests of the Defense Department.

“The number and continued pace of these requests since February 2016 are in tension with your staff’s statements that the Committee expects to finish its investigation in the near term,” Mr. Hedger wrote.

Mr. Hedger said in his letter that the committee had asked to interview the person identified as “John from Iowa,” and only later asked for…

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