WASHINGTON -- The attorney for one of the three State Department officials who shared their accounts of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya with a House oversight committee last week says the Obama Administration has been caught in a cover up, and now has no choice but to defend its decision to edit the original "talking points" that were shared with the public - talking points that had all references to terrorism and Al-Qaeda removed before they were made public.
"They have to [defend their actions]," said Joe DiGenova, attorney for State Department employee Mark Thompson. "This is now an administration that is in death throes. This is catching up to them," he added.
DiGenova says the report issued by a State Department-appointed board charged with reviewing the attack lacks credibility, because it never even attempted to interview then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to get her version of what happened the night of the attack, nor did it interview Thompson, who was in charge of the Department's operations center that same evening.
"That Accountability Review Board report, as I predicted, was nothing more than a cover up, it was a house of cards, it was a Potemkin village," said DiGenova, who also had harsh words for the panel's investigator, former Ambassador Thomas Pickering . Pickering "didn't conduct an investigation, he conducted a seance," DiGenova said.
As for the alleged cover up, DiGenova says the motive was simple.
"This is not a complicated issue. This was an incident that was going to totally mess up the theme of the President's re-election - that Osama bin Laden was dead and General Motors was alive, and here were Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups killing an American ambassador, and they just couldn't let it happen," DiGenova told WMAL. "So the coverup began within minutes of the attack," he said.
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