Potential White House Intimidation of Benghazi Whistleblowers
By Susan Crabtree
President Obama on Tuesday said he was unaware of complaints from Benghazi whistleblowers inside his own administration who contend that they are being intimidated over their cooperation with investigators into the September 2012 attack, but pledged to look into the matter.
“I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody’s been blocked from testifying,” Mr. Obama said in response to a question during a press conference in the White House briefing room. “What I’ll do is find out what exactly you’re referring to.”
… At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have hired lawyers or are in the process of doing so and are complaining that administration officials are trying to intimidate them as they prepare to cooperate with congressional investigators, according to a Fox News report.
Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and GOP counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, represents one of the State Department employees. She said her client and others have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials not to cooperate with Congress on their Benghazi probes. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in the assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound.