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Topic - Damon Mathias
The chairman of a key House committee on Thursday demanded that the State Department's office of inspector general explain passages in internal documents that refer to pressure from department higher-ups to quash investigations into suspected criminal activity — including the solicitation of prostitutes, illegal drug activity and sexual assault — by U.S. diplomatic personnel overseas.
Damon Mathias, a Dallas-based lawyer representing Mrs. Fedenisn, said his client acted appropriately because federal whistleblower protection status is afforded to former employees seeking to share sensitive materials with members of Congress.
Mr. Higbie, an agent of the department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, is involved in an "employment discrimination case in Texas" and, like Mrs. Fedenisn, has "claimed his whistle-blower status," Mr. Mathias said.