Nothing to see here folks…move along!
That’s what the Obama State Department is telling Congressional investigators when it comes to investigating the September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. New whistleblowers have come forward to offer testimony about what really happened that fateful night, but those witnesses need adequate legal representation. The Obama is blocking these whistleblowers by refusing to grant their lawyers adequate access to the classified details of Benghazi. In other words, the Obama administration is threatening to sue the whistleblowers.
Now, the Obama administration is actually telling Congress that their internal investigation into Benghazi “should be enough.”
from the Hill:
The State Department on Monday defended its decision not to have lower-level employees testify before Congress about last year’s attack in Benghazi, Libya.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is pushing ahead with his investigation of the terrorist assault, and has asked for legal protections for lower-level employees who might be called to testify.
The State Department pushed back on Monday and said the independent probe into the attack “should be enough” for lawmakers.
“We think that we’ve done an independent investigation, that it’s been transparent, thorough, credible, and detailed, and that we’ve shared those findings with the U.S. Congress,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said. “And that should be enough.”
Ventrell said the employees who were present during the attack or were otherwise involved have already provided “extensive testimony” to the FBI and the State Department’s independent review board, which issued a scathing report last year. He said they’re back on duty and at their posts around the world.
Rep. Darrell Issa who is heading up the Congressional investigation isn’t playing ball with Obama. He has already put the State Department on notice: Get your lawyers ready.
Blocking whistleblowers? Stalling investigations? So much for being the “most transparent administration in history”!