The Congressman from San Diego County was there to speak about immigration with former Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuno, but what captivated the audience was the Benghazi cover-up that Rep. Issa discussed at the end of his speech.
Issa opened by saying that “a lot of things have been said about this presidency…according to them they have never made a mistake.” Issa then followed up by announcing he had high ranking whistle blowers that are coming forward at the May 8th House Oversight panel hearings on the Benghazi cover-up.
Rep. Issa recently leveled charges that the State Department is blocking clearances for attorneys of whistle blowers.
Of the three that are coming forward:
Gregory Hicks, the man who became Charge d’Affairs the night Chris Stevens was brutally killed. As a former Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya, Mr. Hicks “knew this was terrorism” and “everyone in Libya knew it was terrorism” and “clearly relayed it to the State Department,” Issa said.
Mark Thompson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter terrorism, stated he “should have been the first to know about the attack, yet he heard about it from “friends of friends”.
Eric Nordstrom, Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya, will also be testifying.
As to what to expect from the May 8th hearings, Mr. Issa hearkened back to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks “What difference does it make” to which he replied, “We left our people and did not mount a proper attempt to rescue them… Every person serving overseas asks, ‘what happens to me? Am I on my own?’ That’s what difference it makes, and that’s what’s going to be different after Wednesday’s hearing”.
I had a chance to personally speak to Congressman Issa. I asked, “Do you think the White House will ever come clean on the cover-up?” Issa’s response was simply, “No. That’s what makes it a cover-up.”
Watch the video of Darrell Issa’s speech: