This ain't ever going away as long as the Republicans think there's a snowball's chance in hell that Hillary Clinton is going to run for president. Sen. John McCain appeared on Neil Cavuto's show this Wednesday, after calling for a select committee on Benghazi, because lord knows they haven't quite beaten this horse to death yet: GOP senators want Obama to release Benghazi names:
A trio of Republican senators are calling on President Obama to release the names of Benghazi survivors to Congress after the White House said it was unaware anyone was blocked from testifying.
Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) wrote to Obama on Wednesday asking that names be released of the survivors of last year’s attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, for interviews with Congress.
“In light of your comments yesterday about the Benghazi attacks, we again request your administration immediately provide the names of the Benghazi survivors to Congress so we can conduct interviews to gain a clearer understanding of what happened before, during, and after the attack,” the senators wrote. [...]
The Obama administration has pushed back this week against allegations that a State Department employee has been prevented from testifying about the terrorist attack, in which four Americans were killed.
Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and one-time Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Fox News earlier this week that a State Department employee she represented was threatened by superiors if he cooperated with the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into Benghazi.
If anyone thinks those names sound familiar, here's a reminder of who they are from Media Matters: Who Are The Right-Wing Media's Benghazi Lawyers Victoria Toensing And Joseph diGenova?.
And I highly recommend reading both Digby and Charlie Pierce's take on this debacle, which you can read here:
Getting The Band Back Together and I'll share a bit from Pierce's article:
I noticed the other day that some intelligence officials familiar with the attack on the consulate in Benghazi were being represented by Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing and, immediately, bells went off, echoing in the general direction of the White River in Arkansas. This pair, particularly Toensing, became teevee news stars during the Great Penis Chase, and they had largely faded from sight as other, younger hacks emerged to take their places in the various Green Rooms. But they have not lost their touch for fact-free slander.
"I'm not talking generally, I'm talking specifically about Benghazi - that people have been threatened," Toensing said in an interview Monday. "And not just the State Department. People have been threatened at the CIA." Toensing declined to name her client. She also refused to say whether the individual was on the ground in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, when terrorist attacks on two U.S. installations in the Libyan city killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
She's not talking generally, She just declines to get into the relevant specifics. And, in case you were wondering if The Puke Funnel was still operational, the president got asked about Toensing's allegations at his press conference yesterday by Ed Henry, of Fox News. Apparently, bells went off at Media Matters, too. If you're wondering what the plans outside the Congress are to stymie the president's second term. (Which is not to say there aren't willing congresscritters lining up, too.) I think we have a pretty good idea already. We learn nothing. We truly do not. I expect any day now, we'll be hearing about cattle futures and who moved Vince Foster's body to Tripoli.
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