The weeks and months following the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks were tumultuous, as conflicting reports surfaced about why the attacks occurred and how they were presented to the public.
Now, Fox News claims that at least four officials at the State Department and Central Intelligence Agency are gearing up with lawyers to serve as whistleblowers.
One lawyer, Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, spoke with Fox News and alleged her client—a self-claimed whistleblower who she refused to name—has been threatened by administration officials, specifically about Benghazi.
Toensing told Fox that her client has important information regarding the three time periods Congress is concerned with: first, the months before the attack when the Libyan ambassador had asked for more protection; the eight hours during the attack; and the week-long period following the attack when the Obama administration and others mistakenly labeled the attack as a spontaneous violent reaction to an online video.
On the other hand, the Obama administration and officials at the State Department have claimed that they've attempted to be as transparent as possible, and are urging Congress to move on to more pressing matters. Kerry said during an April 17 hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the administration has already testified at eight different hearings about Benghazi, as well as provided Congress with 20 briefings and 25,000 documents.
“So if you have additional questions or you think there's some document that somehow you need, I'll work with you to try to get it and see if we can provide that to you,” Kerry told committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., during the hearing, although adding, “I do not want to spend the next year coming up here talking about Benghazi.”