Major Benghazi Inconsistency Revealed after Closed Session

CIA personnel who witnessed the Benghazi attacks on 9/11/12 testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors this week. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the committee and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who sits on the committee, appear to be at complete variance on one key issue. That issue?

Was there a lull in the fighting from approximately 0100 – 0500?

Nunes (L) and Rogers (R): Conflicting accounts on a key Benghazi fact.

Nunes (L) and Rogers (R): Conflicting accounts on a key Benghazi fact.

Rogers says yes; Nunes says no.

The “Independent” Accountability Review Board (ARB) clearly implies that there was a four-hour lull, in its Unclassified Report. After closed-door testimony this week, Rogers indicates the lull was approximately three hours. Nunes indicated that there was none at all.

So, after talking to witnesses and getting more details, how come there are even more discrepancies?

This detail is important because Obama administration officials have attempted to assert that the reason help never came for the first attack is that there wasn’t sufficient time to respond. The reason given for why no help came for the second attack, which took place more than seven hours later, was because they thought everything was over. If there weren’t two separate attacks but one protracted fight that took place on two proximate fields of battle, the administration has a major problem on its hands.

That leads to an interview between Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly and Rep. Rogers, in which the closed door testimony is discussed. During this exchange, Rogers essentially echoes the findings of the ARB, saying that there was a lull in the fighting before the deaths of Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, that lasted about three hours (ARB implies it was four). He is then caught flat-footed when Kelly plays a short excerpt of an exchange between Nunes and Chris Wallace from one day earlier:

This was an excellent accountability moment for Kelly and a weak response from Rogers, who seems to be saying that a key fact can be disagreed on by him and a fellow committee member from the same party after hearing witnesses give firsthand accounts. This is simply not acceptable or believable. As a key point, it should have been made clear during the session so there wouldn’t be any inconsistencies.

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee earlier this year, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the following:

“The bottom line is this: that we were not dealing with a prolonged or continuous assault which could have been brought to an end by a U.S. military response… Very simply, although we had forces deployed to the region, time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, [and] events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response.” {emphasis ours}

If this obvious contradiction continues to play in the media, look for Nunes to fall in line behind Rogers, the chairman. Should that happen, it should raise more questions, not fewer ones. If, as Rogers said, both he and Nunes heard things differently, we deserve to know why.

The conflicting accounts from Rogers and Nunes should be explained, not dismissed. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) also sits on the Committee. Perhaps she can help clear some of this up.

Here is the full interview between Nunes and Wallace:

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  • Do you ever think we will get the truth?

    • richinnameonly

      Doesn’t seem we will get it anytime soon.

      • shirleyanne12

        rich, please don’t hold your breath!!! rotflol!

    • Michael

      Sure we will. Just as truthful and as expedient as the J.F.K assassination.

      • shirleyanne12

        Like 50 + years ?????

        • Michael

          Sure, call it 50 +++++ or never.

          • shirleyanne12

            Yeah, like NEVER, NEVER LAND!!! rotflol.

  • What is Mike Rogers hiding? I’ve watched this three times now. He’s scared about something.

    • enoughlies

      His wife …and Aegis…He may be one of the good guys…We can hope

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  • Why does he stumble at 1:17 “on those two…on those questions…”

  • Sam1427

    That is odd that Nunes and Rogers differ so dramatically. Witnesses do remember the same event differently but continuous firefighting vs two separate incidents separated by hours is a bit much to swallow. I wish we could hear the committee testimony but that will never happen. I considered that Rogers might be mindful of what he can and can’t say due to the classified nature of testimony, but I think he is hiding something too.

  • enoughlies

    Why did the State Department pull the security at Benghazi…??? Rogers knows something about security as his wife was CEO and President of Aegis LLC….which provides culturally sensitive global security….Anyone want to bet…Jarrett was pulling more contracts from companies that weren’t HER people and setting them up with those who had never provided global security before…She is after all putting the economy and all it’s benefits…into the grub stein thieving hands of “her People”

  • Adrenaline Junkies

    CRIS STEVENS ALSO MET W/ BOARD INTEL COM. BEFORE HIS DEATH , HMMMM?

  • Michael

    It’s more difficult to remember LIES than truth as time goes on.

  • Teresa Geib Bacon

    Does anyone really think the truth will be exposed, and even if it is nothing will be done. Look at all the Executive orders, lies, the left has themselves to blame do they care? No, they are blinded and their lives carry on as ours, we are employed PTL and they are on Govt happy programs. My disabled friend gets access to free healthcare we would not be allowed now w/o paying thru our teeth

  • rascallyrabbit

    The Republicans are scared to death of impeachment hearings for Obama, fearing a full on “only because the Republicans are racist” attacks. Benghazi will be Obama’s undoing if the truth comes out and we may have to look to the Egyptians and the trial of Morsi to get conformation of the truth that many in this country already feel strongly about.

  • CHHR

    I recall testimony from Hicks, as well as early news reports, that the attackers followed the rescue party back from the Compound to the Annex… doesn’t that raise the question of this so called lull in time before the so called second wave of attacks?

    Also, early reporting by Herridge on Fox seems to be downplayed. In fact, on one of his shows, Bair credited Hayes with his reporting, calling it some of the best & completely downplaying Herridge. Lately on Fox, credit for “incredible” reporting is often given to Attkisson. Not saying that she hasn’t done a good job, and of course, having her computer “hacked” is equally interesting, but I’ve yet to hear anything to the level of reporting Herrige has provided and she’s the original reporter that raised the question of “stand-down” orders and play by play in fighting starting at the Compound to the Annex.

    Finally, from the beginning, we’ve been hearing rumors about a “failed kidnapping” attempt… which wasn’t resolved with testimony provided by Mullin from the ARB where it was obvious Cumnings gave Mullin the opportunity to walk back an uncomfortable sounding answer regarding the “rumor.” Couple that with the news that Stevens actually met with Congressional members behind closed doors and my antenna are on high alert.

    Seems there’s an awful lot of dots seemingly being intentionally erased, not connected.

    • richinnameonly

      And why are there not more people connecting them?

      • CHHR

        Oh, the tangled webs we weave… with Rogers obvious difference with Nunes on the “closed door” hearings of the survivors to which they both attended at the same time, the web seems quite intricate… Rogers is seemingly holding the ARB as expert and Nunes emphatically stated he believes the survivors therefore saying the ARB conclusions were total BS… which is not news for any of us actually following the story.

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