On Wednesday, two Benghazi whistle-blowers are scheduled to testify in front of the House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee about what really happened the night the U.S. Consulate in Libya was attacked, which left four American’s dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Mark Thompson, one of the whistle-blowers, plans to testify against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Mark Thompson is the Deputy Coordinator for Operations
Mark Thompson is the Deputy Coordinator for Operations in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism. He’s held the position since 2006.
2. He Plans on Testifying Against Hillary Clinton
According to Investor’s Business Daily, Thompson will testify than then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy “tried to cut the department’s own counterterrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision making.” The claim suggests that Clinton did not want to admit that the attack was an act of terrorism. One reason speculated is that doing so would hurt President Obama and possibly her own presidential chances in 2016.
3. Clinton Denies Thompson’s Allegations
Spokespeople for Clinton and the State Department have denied Thompson’s allegations and that she never personally denied any requests for more security surrounding the attack.
“I didn’t approve them, I didn’t deny them,” Clinton said. “These requests don’t normally come to the Secretary of State.”
4. He is Being Represented by Attorney Joe DiGenova
Joe DiGenova is a lawyer and partner with his wife, Victoria Toensing. Toensing is representing another whistle-blower who will testify on Wednesday, Gregory Hicks.
5. Superiors Have Tried to Silence Him
According to DiGenova, Thompson and Hicks were subjected to threats and intimidation by their superiors to keep their mouths shut about what really happened in Libya on September 11, 2012. Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the State Department said that the whistle-blower’s claims are “100 percent false.”