State Dept. Blocks Lawyers from Representing Benghazi Whistleblowers
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April 29, 2013
The State Department is blocking local lawyer Victoria Toensing from representing whistleblowers on the 2012 Benghazi attacks, according to her legal partner and husband Joe DiGenova. Teonsing wants to represent such whistleblowers at the upcoming Congressional hearings about the Benghazi case.
"The Department of State is refusing to grant clearances to Victoria and other people who want to represent the whistleblowers in an attempt to prevent the testimony," DiGenova said.
On April 26, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Ca) sent a letter to Dept. of State secretary John Kerry demanding that lawyers who would represent these whistleblowers would be given clearances so they could talk to their clients about classified information, DiGenova said.
DiGenova added that there will be a "constitutional showdown" if Toensing and other lawyers don't get clearance.
"Congress is going to win," he said. "The administration's effort to cover up what happened in Benghazi is going to fail."