Victoria Toensing is the attorney for Benghazi whistle-blower Greg Hicks, who was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli from July 31 to Dec. 7, 2012. Toensing says the reason it’s taken so long for the security officers who engaged militants on the ground in Benghazi to speak out about what happened that night, is because “political hacks” at the State Department harassed them into silence.
Her client insisted that he and the other security officers were given an order to “stand down,” and to wait for further instructions before going to assist Ambassador Chris Stevens at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.
“Well, this is the way this State Department vilifies people,” Toensing said on “Fox and Friends.” “They take one little fact and then they twist it and then they say that fact is not true, so these people are lying. It used to be that the people who were the spokespersons for the State Department were all recruited diplomats. These are political hacks they have here since the Obama administration started. And what they’ve done is, they take some little nuance, like ‘stand down.'” and they twist it.
Toensing went on to say that even Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee also urged the Benghazi survivors to remain silent on what really happened, saying they did for political reasons.
“Now, you say, what? Why would that happen with the Republican dominated House Intel committee? Well, that chief of staff, head of that staff, who harassed these three brave men, a few months later, went to work for Beacon Global Strategies. That is a Hillary organization.”
“And guess who also is there?” Toensing asked, “It’s like a Benghazi alumni association. Michael Morell who was number two at the C.I.A., when Benghazi occurred. He wrote the talking points. And Leon Panetta, who we still haven’t heard from on why there was no military response.”
Last week, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) echoed what Toensing said today.
“This is how scary this administration has been to some of our people that have been willing to lay down their lives for the country and they let those people die at Benghazi.”
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