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Kerry to visit Mexico on Benghazi hearing day

AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry will be traveling to Mexico later this month, making him unavailable to testify before a congressional committee hearing on Benghazi that he has been subpoenaed to attend.

The department said Wednesday that Kerry will be in Mexico for two days, starting on May 21. That means he will miss the scheduled hearing that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has set for the same day. Committee chairman Darrell Issa last week issued a subpoena for Kerry to appear.

Kerry said Tuesday he would comply with "whatever responsibilities" he has to Congress. It was not immediately clear if the committee had rescheduled the hearing or if other arrangements had been made for Kerry's appearance.

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