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Bridget Johnson


May 1, 2013 - 6:35 am

The “explosive” hearing at which State Department whistleblowers are expected to reveal new details surrounding the Benghazi attacks and the administration’s role before and after has been set for a week from today.

“Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage” will be May 8 at 11:30 a.m., House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced this morning.

“This Administration has offered the American people only a carefully selected and sanitized version of events from before, during, and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks” said Issa. “Not surprisingly, this version of events casts senior officials in the most favorable light possible.”

“Last October, the Oversight Committee exposed State Department denials of security requests made by our diplomats in Libya and forced the Obama Administration to concede that there never was a protest of a YouTube video. Next week’s hearing will expose new facts and details that the Obama Administration has tried to suppress.”

Witnesses are to be announced.

Asked about a report that State Department employees were being warned not to testify on Benghazi, Obama said at a press conference yesterday he was “not familiar” with what the reporter was asking about.

“I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying,” said Obama. “So what I’ll do is I will find out what exactly you are referring to.”

Issa noted four letters have been sent to the administration since mid-April asking that information be made available to the whistleblowers’ laywers.

“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 chairman added. “The president’s unwillingness to commit himself to protecting whistleblowers only aids those in his administration who are intimidating them.”

The Oversight hearing comes a day after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee considers the nomination of Obama’s pick for ambassador to Libya, Deborah Kay Jones.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Not to be TOO cynical, but aren't we waiting for Godot with respect to the Contempt citation against Holder? With all due respect, just what has THAT done? I think nothing. Now we have all these bells and whistles, and lots of PR, yet when all the news is out, what will be different? Nothing. I think that even if we had pictures of Obama going to a strip bar after getting a briefing on Bengazi, it would be meaningless. WE have no one in authority who is outraged, we have no one in the media doing investigative work, and we have no one directly confronting the White House's Al Capone when they can. reference: yesterday's "press conference". When the liar in chief claimed that he was unaware of any such position, it was reminiscent of Hillary's "I don't recall". No one challenged him and no one made the evidence that as president, it was his JOB to know. What a sham, and what a sad group of "statesmen". Patrick Henry would have gone back England if he had seen this group of losers in action.
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I think you may be too generous. ObamaRx could rape a nun at high noon on the White House lawn and the lickspittle Lamestream Media would just yawn. Same for most of his supporters.
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