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"Toensing" redirects here. For other people and similar names, see Toensing (surname).

Victoria Toensing (born c. 1940) is a lawyer, and partner with her husband, Joseph DiGenova, in the Washington law firm DiGenova and Toensing.[1] Her practice specializes in white-collar criminal defense, regulatory inquiries, and legislative advocacy. She has appeared as a legal commentator on several networks including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.


Toensing graduated from Indiana University in 1962, matriculating in Education. She taught high-school English until she entered law school, earning a J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1975.

In 1981, she became Chief Counsel to Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,[2] where she helped draft the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982. In 1984, she joined the Reagan administration as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, where she headed the "Terrorism Unit", the first working group in the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute terrorism-related crimes.[citation needed]

As part of her work in the Department of Justice (DoJ), she managed the government's legal efforts during the terrorist hijacking of TWA Flight 847, the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, and the takeover of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. She also supervised S&L fraud cases, prosecuted nuclear industry regulation cases, securities fraud, and fraud and bribery in the banking industry. [3] In 1988, she entered private practice.

Involvement in Monica Lewinsky scandal[edit]

Main article: Lewinsky scandal

Emily Bazelon of Slate.com has called Toensing "a blanketer of the airwaves about the tawdriness of the Lewinsky affair."[2] Toensing and her husband made regular appearances on television claiming that they were the target of investigations by Clinton Administration.[4]

Involvement in Valerie Plame scandal[edit]

Main article: Plame affair

Toensing was retained by media organizations to comment on the Plame Affair. In March 2005 Toensing submitted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Matt Cooper and Judith Miller, two journalists who were subpoenaed in the Valerie Plame investigation for refusing to reveal information obtained from confidential sources.

In the brief, she "argued that the law couldn't have been broken when Valerie Plame's cover as a CIA agent was blown because her status wasn't really covert."[2] She also contended that Ms. Plame didn't have a cover to blow, citing a July 23, 2004 article in the Washington Times which argued that Valerie Plame's status as an undercover CIA agent may have been known to Russian and Cuban intelligence operations prior to the article (by Robert Novak) that revealed her status as a CIA employee.

Electoral politics[edit]

Toensing supported former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson in the 2008 presidential election.[2]


  1. ^ "Victoria Toensing, Attorney". Lawyer.com. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bazelon, Emily (2007-11-26) On the Advice of Counsel, Slate.com
  3. ^ diGenova & Toensing
  4. ^ Kurtz, Howard (1998-02-27). "The Power Couple at Scandal's Vortex". Washington Post. 

External links[edit]

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Washington Post

Washington Post
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 08:20:17 -0800

“I thought she handled herself very well, being a low-key black woman,” says veteran defense lawyer Victoria Toensing, of Pressley's early television appearances “In the politics of the law, that is a very smart move. You want a woman.” “She's doing as ...

Media Matters for America (blog)

Media Matters for America (blog)
Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:26:16 -0800

In 1998, Joseph DiGenova and his wife and legal partner Victoria Toensing, who were working as outside counsel for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, were criticized for their actions in connection with the Monica Lewinsky scandal.


Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:55:36 -0700

... of State Hillary Clinton's excuses about the classified emails found on her server don't add up, according to former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra and former chief counsel for the Senate Intelligence Committee Victoria Toensing.

Daily Caller

Daily Caller
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 19:15:00 -0700

Similarly, Victoria Toensing, a veteran respected national security litigator and former deputy attorney general, said the State Department's action “is a double standard. I've never been given that treatment.” Toensing, who during the Reagan ...

Gretawire (blog)

Gretawire (blog)
Thu, 02 May 2013 12:44:58 -0700

Spokesman Patrick Ventrell named Victoria Toensing and accused her of “lying” in today's daily press briefing (approx. 1:46 pm ET) by having gone on television in recent days and having suggested, as Ventrell depicted the matter, that she was being ...


Thu, 13 Jan 2011 05:07:30 -0800

We are not an uncivilized society as evidenced by multiple acts of heroism during the shooting. We have become a non-judgmental society as evidenced by multiple signs of mental derangement that went unaddressed by the people and institutions that ...

Syracuse.com (blog)

Syracuse.com (blog)
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:19:56 -0800

2011-01-24-ap-March-For-Life.JPG Anti-abortion and abortion activists stand side by side in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during a rally against the Roe v. Wade decision in 2011. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP. By Victoria Toensing, The Washington Post.

Fox News

Fox News
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:28:05 -0700

Victoria Toensing is a former Chief Counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, where among other assignments she created the anti-terrorism section. She is a ...

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