In his press conference today, President Obama claimed ignorance of any roadblocks keeping Benghazi whistleblowers from testifying, but he promised he’d get to the bottom of it and get back to the press. They’ll have to get in line, because Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has been asking for weeks what it will take to clear the way for survivors of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya to come forward and tell their stories.
Issa issued the following statement in response to Obama’s remarks, along with links to copies of his four letters.
A lawyer for Benghazi whistleblowers has publicly stated that the State Department is blocking her client’s ability to talk freely with counsel. Over the past two weeks, I have sent four letters requesting that this Administration make information available about how lawyers – who already have security clearances and are representing Benghazi whistleblowers – can be cleared to fully hear their clients’ stories. I have yet to receive any response from the Obama Administration.
Even if the President really doesn’t know anything about someone wanting to come forward, his position should be that whistleblowers deserve protection and that anyone who has different information about Benghazi is free to come forward to Congress. The President’s unwillingness to commit himself to protecting whistleblowers only aids those in his Administration who are intimidating them.
Issa also joined in on the #LetThemSpeak hashtag campaign.