- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A former Justice Department official said unnamed members of the White House administration have threatened whistleblowers who want to speak on the terror attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Victoria Toensing — who also served as a former Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee — is representing one of the State Department workers who claims to have been threatened, Fox News reported.

“I am talking specifically about Benghazi; that people have been threatened,” she said on a Fox News broadcast. “People have been threatened and not just at the State Department. People have been threatened at the CIA.”

Fox News said at least four careers workers at State and the CIA are preparing to provide Congress with sensitive information about the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012, that killed four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador.

Ms. Toensing described the threats to Fox News this way: “It’s frightening, and they’re doing some very despicable threats to people. Not ‘we’re going to kill you,’ or not ‘we’re going to prosecute you tomorrow,’ but they’re taking career people and making them well aware that their careers will be over,” if they cooperate with congressional investigators.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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