At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned.
Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistle-blowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.
“I’m not talking generally, I’m talking specifically about Benghazi – that people have been threatened,” Toensing said in an interview Monday. “And not just the State Department. People have been threatened at the CIA.”
I am not being inconsistent.
This is not a case of a disgruntled army private leaking classified information to Wikileaks. These are career government employees (who are supposed to be protected from political pressure and reprisals) talking to members of Congress.
There is this thing called “congressional oversight” that the Founding Fathers put in the Constitution. It was intended to be a mechanism for our elected representatives to keep the Executive branch in check. Obama has been following the Bush policy of treating Congress like mushrooms – he wants to keep them in the dark and feed them bullshit.
So much for “the most open and transparent administration ever”.