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Darrell Issa: New Benghazi hearing will %u2018expose new facts%u2019 Obama %u2018has tried to suppress%u2019

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With whistle-blowers interested in discussing the Benghazi terrorist attack, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., scheduled a hearing that he promises will “expose” new information that President Obama “has tried to suppress.”

The hearing is scheduled for May 8. “This Administration has offered the American people only a carefully selected and sanitized version of events from before, during, and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks,” Issa said in a statement this morning. “Not surprisingly, this version of events casts senior officials in the most favorable light possible.”

The committee did not reveal the identify of the witnesses, but Issa said that “next week’s hearing will expose new facts and details that the Obama Administration has tried to suppress.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., hinted very strongly over the weekend that survivors of the attack would testify before the committee, saying that “direct evidence, direct testimony by eyewitnesses is always the most compelling form of testimony and evidence.” Gowdy predicted that the Benghazi hearing, which was unscheduled when he spoke, would be “explosive.”

An anonymous special operator claimed on Fox News that potential whistle-blowers in the special forces face retaliation for testifying.

“The problem is you’ve got guys in the special ops community who are still active and still involved, and they would be decapitated if they came forward with information that could affect high level commanders,” the operator said. “I don’t blame them for not coming forward.  It’s something that is risky, especially in our line of profession, to say anything in the realm of politics or that deals with policy.”

Obama was asked if he would help whistle-blowers feel secure in their ability to testify. “I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying,” Obama replied yesterday. “So what I’ll do is i will find out what exactly you are referring to.”

During his 2008 campaign, Obama said that whistle-blowers,”[who] can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled.”

 

 

 

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