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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. 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.

Background[edit]

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,[1] 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. [2] 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."[1] Toensing and her husband made regular appearances on television claiming that they were the target of investigations by Clinton Administration.[3]

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."[1] 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.[1]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]


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Daily Beast

Daily Beast
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:17:26 -0800

Indeed, he had previously hired another attorney, Victoria Toensing, in his employment dispute and says he didn't have to sign a new agreement. Charles refused to sign the document, and it's not clear from his lawsuit what precisely it asked of him ...

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:22:56 -0700

In her interview with ABC 's Diane Sawyer last week, Hillary Clinton said "I was not making security decisions" about Benghazi, claiming "it would be a mistake" for "a secretary of state" to "go through all 270 posts" and "decide what should be done ...

Daily Beast

Daily Beast
Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:47:29 -0800

Indeed, he had previously hired another attorney, Victoria Toensing, in his employment dispute and says he didn't have to sign a new agreement. Charles refused to sign the document, and it's not clear from his lawsuit what precisely it asked of him ...
 
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.

Media Matters for America (blog)

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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:48:45 -0700

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

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Washington Post
Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:17:43 -0800

... Loudoun County case, a contract dispute, minimally involves the autobiography as one of numerous issues. The only question is whether the autobiography was excepted from the contract between Mr. Prince and Mr. Pelton. Victoria Toensing, Washington.

Daily Beast

Daily Beast
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 02:47:26 -0800

Indeed, he had previously hired another attorney, Victoria Toensing, in his employment dispute and says he didn't have to sign a new agreement. Charles refused to sign the document, and it's not clear from his lawsuit what precisely it asked of him ...
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