An armed man waves his rifle after buildings and cars were set on fire inside the US Consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11. (AFP/Getty Images)
Former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova appeared on the radio show "Mornings on the Mall" on WMAL-FM in Washington, D.C. Monday, where he told hosts Larry O'Connor and Brian Wilson that the U.S. Department of State is preventing Benghazi whistle-blowers from getting adequate legal representation.
And if the whistle-blowers don't have attorneys, many of them are unlikely to speak out.
"Victoria Toensing, my partner, has just been retained by one of the Department of State whistle-blowers who are going to appear before the Issa committee. On April 26, Congressman Issa sent a letter to the new Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that the lawyers who are going to represent these whistle-blowers be [given] clearances so they can talk to their clients in the committee about classified information. The Department of State is refusing to grant clearances to Victoria and other people who want to represent the whistle-blowers in an attempt to prevent the testimony. There's going to be a constitutional showdown here. Congress is going to win. The administration's effort to cover up what happened at Benghazi is going to fail...
"The whistle-blowers are out there. These are great Americans; they are are heroes. They were on the ground in Benghazi, they want to tell their story, and the administration is going to do everything it can to stop them from testifying under oath in public...They want to protect Hillary [Clinton] and the president, that's what this is all about." [Emphasis added]
Amazingly, DiGenova says, Toensing has received top secret clearance from other high-profile cases as recently as this year, but the government will not clear her on Benghazi.
"This is so outrageous," DiGenova said, arguing there would be mass outrage if the president were Republican.
Listen to his entire interview with "Mornings on the Mall," below: