DiGenova: State Dept. Denying Clearance to Benghazi Whistleblowers' Attorneys

Joe Schoffstall | April 29, 2013 | 4:06pm EDT
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Former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova said today that the State Department is denying clearances to attorneys who want to represent Benghazi whistleblowers - even though one of the attorneys already has a current Top Secret security clearance.

"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, founding partner of the Washington, D.C. law firm of diGenova & Toensing, LLP, charged in an interview on Washington DC's WMAL radio.

Rep. Darryl Issa (R-) is demanding Sec. of State John Kerry grant clearances to attorneys like his partner, Victoria Toensing, who has an active Top Secret security clearance:

"Victoria Toensing, my partner, has just been retained by one of the Department of State whistleblowers who are going to appear before the Issa committee.  On April 26, Congressman Issa sent a letter to the new Sec of State, John Kerry, demanding that the lawyers who are going to represent the whistleblowers be cleared - be given clearances - so they can talk to their clients and the committee about classified information."

"She (Toensing) got a new top secret security clearance within the last year. And, now, they will not clear her or any of the other lawyers to represent the Department of State people. This is so outrageous," DiGenova said.

The truth will ultimately come out, but it'll take "a Constitutional showdown," he predicted:

"There is going to be a Constitutional showdown here, Congress is going to win. The administration's effort to cover up whatever happened in Benghazi is going to fail. It's taken a long time, but (Rep. John) Boehner and company have finally gotten their act together and have decided that they must get the answers."

"But, right now, the Department of State is denying security clearances to people like Victoria so they can represent the whistleblowers."

"The whistleblowers are out there. These are great Americans, these are heroes; they were on the ground in Benghazi. They want to tell their story and the administration is going to do everything it can to stop them from testifying under oath in public. And, they want to protect Hillary and the president. That's what this is all about."

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