According to Gregory Hicks, a Benghazi whistle-blower, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills called him directly following his meeting with a Republican representative investigating the attacks. Prior to his meeting with Representative Jason Chaffetz, State Department lawyers told Hicks and other witnesses not to meet without lawyers present. The lawyers were ultimately excluded because they did not have a security clearance sufficient to discuss the classified material addressed in the meeting.
Hicks received a call from Mills, whom he described as being “very upset.” Mills, he said, demanded to know what was said in the meeting. Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) pointed out that the State Department’s monitoring of Hicks’s activity is peculiar given the praise he has garnered over a long diplomatic career.
“Here’s a guy with 22 years of outstanding service to our country — 22 years — outstanding service, praised by everyone who counts,” Jordan said. “The president, the secretary, everyone above him. Because he won’t help them cover this up — he’s an honorable man here telling the truth — now is getting this kind of treatment from the very people who praised him before.”
Hicks is one of three whistleblowers testifying today before the House Oversight Committee, chairment by Republican representative Darrell Issa, about the Obama administration’s response to the 9/11 Benghazi attack.