In an interesting new twist in the very twisted world of Grand Inquisitor Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the two co-authors of the official (but independent) audit of the Benghazi! attacks, who earlier asked for an opportunity to testify before Issa’s Benghazi-obsessed oversight committee, are refusing to meet with Issa behind closed doors, per this report from The Hill‘s Julian Pecquet:

The co-leaders of the independent audit into the Benghazi attack have categorically refused to meet with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) for a private interview.
Thomas Pickering and Michael Mullen called the proposed closed-door proceeding an “inappropriate precondition” to their testifying before the committee in a letter sent Thursday to Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight panel. The letter was made public by the State Department.

“In the past week members of your Committee have publicly criticized – in both an open hearing and in the media – the work of the Accountability Review Board [ARB],” the retired diplomat and the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote. “Having taken liberal license to call into question the Board’s work, it is surprising that you now maintain that members of the Committee need a closed-door proceeding before being able to ask ‘informed questions’ at a public hearing.”

It’s an interesting challenge to Mr. Transparency, the relentless advocate for Leaving No Stone Unturned.

What’s the matter, Darrell? Spooked by cameras all of a sudden?

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.