The next step in the Benghazigate investigation is interviewing some of the survivors of the attack. But that is proving more difficult than anticipated.
Senator Graham had said that he’s “had contact” with Benghazi survivors and described their story as “chilling.” “The bottom line is they feel that they can’t come forth, they’ve been told to be quiet,” he said.
Is the White House intimidating them? As Ace points out, Jay Carney says yes and no.
In the first part of the sentence, he (James Carney) claims the White House is not blocking these people from talking. In the second part, he adds in that they are, of course, precluded from discussing sensitive topics due to their positions…
The second part of the sentence blows up the first part. This is the game the White House is playing: They are putting these people on notice they might be prosecuted for revealing state secrets if they say something Obama doesn’t like.
The wheels of Congress grind slowly, but there are some developments.
“We’ll get our chance to talk to Benghazi survivors and get the reports from the FBI. That will happen. I’m confident of that,” Chairman Rogers told Breitbart News. “We want to make sure people have a chance to heal first and we’ll have an opportunity to talk these people before this is over. I’m fairly comfortable this will happen,” he said.
Any Benghazi survivor who talks to his committee would be protected from prosecution or job termination from the Obama administration, Rogers said. “We’ll make sure of that. That is whistle bower standard protection. If they’re fired for talking to us, there’ll be some hell to pay.”
The trouble with that is that Obama Inc. has become notorious for its ruthless crackdown on whistleblowers. But Senator Graham is signaling that a more aggressive push may be coming.
GRAHAM: I believe the attitude of the house leadership is changing when it comes to Benghazi, they’re going to be more aggressive. But you make a good point. I’ve written CIA Director Brennan, Secretary of State John Kerry, provide the names of the survivors to the Congress in an appropriate way so we can interview them about what actually happened. The story told by the White House after the attack has not held water.
VAN SUSTEREN: Everyone writes letter in this town. Letters never get answered unless you’re in the majority party.
GRAHAM: There you go. And my Democratic colleagues in the Senate have shown no interest in getting to the bottom of Benghazi. If this were Bush they’d be all over it. The one thing Republicans can do is use the leverage they have in the House to subpoena these survivors so we’ll find out what happened that night. I guarantee you there are people wanting to talk, but are afraid to talk, and a subpoena would make a difference.
VAN SUSTEREN: Are you going to do anything, encourage the House to do that?
GRAHAM: I’m going to meet with the House leadership tomorrow, hoping they will take up the Benghazi cause. Look how far we’ve come from what the story was told by Susan Rice. Look what we found out by pushing on this show and other shows, CBS and mainly FOX. The whole scenario told by the president and Susan Rice has absolutely collapsed.
VAN SUSTEREN: Why hasn’t the House leadership –
GRAHAM: I have no idea.
VAN SUSTEREN: Why the Republican House leadership hasn’t been –
GRAHAM: To my House colleagues, please, for god’s sake step up your game when it comes to Benghazi. You have tools I don’t because I’m in the minority party in the Senate. Unfortunately Harry Reid hasn’t looked to push the administration. Look what we did on Iraq and interrogation techniques gone bad under t the Bush administration. The Democratic senators have given the president a pass when it comes to Benghazi. The House cannot give him a pass.
VAN SUSTEREN: Are you going to tell Speaker Boehner to push for subpoenas?
GRAHAM: I think that Speaker Boehner is very much in the mindset of trying to get to the bottom of Benghazi. But yes, I will urge Speaker Boehner to use the powers of the House not to chase rabbits, but to get to the bottom line. We have not heard from the people who went through this debacle who were there on the ground. I guarantee if this had been a good news story we would have heard from them the next day. The fact we haven’t heard from them for six months should make every American worried about what this administration is covering up.
While the media would like to just MoveOn.org from Benghazigate, it’s encouraging that an investigation is still continuing.