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Bridget Johnson


May 6, 2013 - 9:21 am

A Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee charged that the Republicans have been “disgraceful” on the Benghazi investigation.

“We don’t have the ability to hold a hearing. The Democrats have been completely kept out of this whole process. This has been a one- sided investigation, if you want to call it that. There’s been no sharing of information in a significant way with the Democrats staff members who usually conduct this type of investigation,” Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) complained on Fox News Sunday.

Lynch added that reports of whistleblower intimidation are “completely false.”

“The only retaliation I’ve heard of here is that one of these witnesses wants a reassignment and promotion. He hasn’t gotten the promotion that he wanted, and he’s saying that that’s somehow retaliation. So, you know, hasn’t got it yet. It’s actually in the process,” the congressman continued. “That’s the — that’s the level of threats of intimidation? He hasn’t got the promotion he wants yet?”

This morning on Fox, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) slammed Lynch for covering for the Obama administration.

“If Congressman Lynch wants to be an apologist for the administration — I expect that on Wednesday — but his information is simply wrong,” Issa said. “This is a career professional — they’re all career professionals — who asked for a help in representing his whistleblower views, and he’s been denied an attorney.”

“…Finally, he has an attorney who has a long history of representing people with top clearances. And as of today, she still has not been allowed to have a full clearance, or to read the information,” he continued. “So, Lynch is either just wrong, covering for the administration, or simply behind the times on the facts as they are.”

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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