Editor’s note: This story originally appeared on Townhall.com
John “Tig” Tiegen, one of the men who survived the fatal attack in Benghazi on September 12, 2012, appeared at SHOT Show 2019 to promote his nonprofit, Beyond the Battlefield The Tiegen Foundation. A court recently decided that multiple Obama State Department officials must answer Judicial Watch’s questions surrounding Benghazi. Naturally, I wanted to know how Tiegen felt about the situation.
“I don’t think they’re going to be truthful anyways. I mean, they’ve already lied before,” Tiegen told Townhall. “Even though they say, ‘Well, now they’re testifying under oath.'”
According to Tiegen, he believes those State Department officials who know what truly happened in Benghazi, will more than likely plead the fifth.
“I don’t think they’re going to be open and honest. That’s just their track record. That’s how they’ve always been,” Tiegen explained. “When they know they’re going to be screwed over they get to plead the fifth.”
No one can blame Tiegen for thinking nothing will come out of these questions. After all, we’ve gone years without any kind of truthful account of what happened. The officials in charge aren’t afraid of seeing jail time. They clearly don’t have any remorse for what took place back in 2012. If they haven’t told the truth this far, they have no incentive to do so now.
Although it’d be easy to dwell on the past, Tiegen is focused on moving forward and helping other veterans through his foundation.
“Our main goal is to try to help veterans get service dogs. Then after that, we just do what we can when we can. We’ve helped two veterans with their house. You know, rebuilding their house. We actually just recently buried a World War II veteran. We’ve got two veterans service dogs, helped a couple out with their utility bills. Stuff like that,” Tiegen said. “I got one veteran who’s having a lot of issues at home and he needed a place to go. We got him a hotel for a week. So we just kind of do what we can.”
The foundation is prepared to help veterans in any way possible.
“Our mission is to provide support for wounded veterans as they face the many challenges encountered during their rehabilitation, reintegration and healing process,” the foundation’s mission states.
It’s important for average Americans to spread the word about foundations like this one because of the social media shadow banning taking place, something Tiegen believes is a result of him and his friends speaking out about what took place in Benghazi.
“You know, Hillary lost because of what we did. [We] came out, because they think what we did was all political. We didn’t do it for political reasons. We told the story to make sure everybody knew actually what happened because you hadn’t lost an ambassador for over 30 years so it’s part of American history,” Tiegen explained. “You know, there’s books already being taught in colleges and high schools. I’ve had one junior high kid actually call me and did a research paper.”