Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement regarding Secretary Kerry’s remark that there was a “rationale” for the January terror attack that killed 12 at the offices of a French satirical newspaper:

“There was absolutely nothing legitimate or rational about the slaughter of 10 newspaper staff and two police officers in Paris earlier this year.  Freedom of the press and freedom of expression are pillars of our free world, and we can never allow radical Islamists to use these fundamental rights to justify their evil acts.

“Secretary Kerry is plain wrong and needs to correct the record.”