Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) claimed the U.S. State Department had repeatedly threatened and intimidated witnesses to the attack in Benghazi, Libya, but could not name an example of the alleged intimidation (video below).
Rep. Chaffetz then said that witnesses 'felt" intimidation, but could not name specifics, reports ThinkProgress.org.
Rep. Chaffetz also claimed that “more than one” witness was “suppressed” by the State Department, but offered no specific proof.
"There are people, more than one, that have felt intimidation from the State Department," said Rep. Chaffetz.
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) then stated: “There’ve been two attorneys involved here, the only reason they haven’t received information is that they haven’t asked for it yet… there has not been a request for documents from these attorneys to the State Department.”
Rep. Lynch said one of the witnesses wants a promotion, but hasn't gotten it yet, and the witness claims its "retaliation."
Victoria Toensing, the attorney who is representing the witnesses, started the claims that the whistleblowers were being intimidated, but has provided no proof either.
In November 2012, Toensing wrote an op-ed for FoxNews.com that tried to link the Benghazi attack to the sudden resignation of former CIA director David Petraeus, which turned out to be false, reports MediaMatters.org.