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Benghazi Probe Suggests Witnesses Get Lawyers For Whistleblowing

Benghazi Probe Suggests Witnesses Get Lawyers For Whistleblowing

The Benghazi probe is suggesting witnesses should get lawyers to protect themselves against government retaliation.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, there still remains critical unanswered questions over Benghazi. Someone in the State Department gave Charlene Lamb the idea that there was “too much political cost” for keeping the Benghazi security forces at safer levels. Instead, they lowered the number of diplomatic security agents in Benghazi from 34 to just three.

Several State department officials were claimed to be losing their jobs over the Benghazi scandal. This announcement from the State Department was made under Hillary Clinton. But then it was discovered during the Benghazi probe that none of the people involved would lose their jobs and instead were given vacations at the time of the announcement.

During the Benghazi probe Secretary of State John Kerry was dismissive of the ongoing House Foreign Affairs Committee investigation, saying, “I don’t think anybody lied to anybody. And let’s find out exactly, together, what happened, because we need — we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done.”

Charles Woods, the father of ex-SEAL Tyrone Woods, has previously described US officials who didn’t respond to a request for help at the Benghazi diplomatic compound as “murderers of my son.” Mother of another Benghazi victim, Sean Smith, describes her frustration with trying to find the 110 cosponsors of a House resolution to make a formal Benghazi probe:

“When I was in Washington D.C. at the reception of the caskets, I asked for and received promises from President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, VP Biden and several other dignitaries in attendance. They all looked me directly in the eyes and promised they would find out [what happened in Benghazi]. I got only one call from a clerk about a month later quoting from the time line, which I already had.”

The Benghazi probe is claimg “numerous individuals” have approached the committee with information on the attack. But these witnesses may need to worry about their careers if they testify.

House Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent out letters to Benghazi witnesses suggesting they hire lawyers to protect themselves from whistleblowing on the government agencies they now serve:

“Some witnesses may be required to retain personal counsel to represent them before the committee and in the event the agency subsequently retaliates against them for cooperating with the committee’s investigation.”

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra says Benghazi witnesses may have access to classified information and may need a lawyer to ensure that they comply with the rules, regulations, and legal requirements:

“There are multiple whistleblowers who want to get the story out. All of these people are very concerned that they do everything appropriately. These whistleblowers still feel that there’s a gap between what’s in the public domain and what really happened. They’ve all been frustrated.”

What do you think the Benghazi probe will find once witnesses are allowed to speak freely?

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