Why House Intelligence Committee Chairman is Stonewalling (and Resigning)

By Ben Barrack

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News that “Mike Morell lied to me” in November of 2012 and identified a “conflict of interest” at the House Intelligence Committee in its investigation of the Benghazi attacks. In so doing, Graham implicated the Chairman of that Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) by pointing out that the former “lead investigator” on the Committee (J. Michael Allen) – founded a company Morrell now works for – Beacon Global Strategies.

As Shoebat.com reported, four days after Allen’s connection to Morell through Beacon was made public in a separate Fox News report, Rogers unexpectedly announced he would be retiring from Congress. Further complicating Allen’s conflict are strong indications he did not follow proper procedures during his transition to Beacon.

Five days later, Morell testified in front of Rogers’ Committee at which Rogers delivered a visibly uninspired performance. The morning after Graham’s explosive charges, Rogers told Fox News that Allen was not the “lead investigator” on his Committee in a rather obvious attempt to diminish Allen’s role. What is not in dispute is that Allen was the Committee’s majority staff director. Rogers further stated that he does not believe their should be a select committee because it would be too expensive:

In addition to Rogers not wanting Speaker John Boehner to form a Select Committee, Boehner himself doesn’t appear interested. As Shoebat.com has reported, Republican House members support the formation of such a Committee by an overwhelming margin.

Seeming to contradict himself, while Graham said wants a Select Committee, he also said he believes that House Speaker John Boehner wants to get to the bottom of the Benghazi investigation, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren blurted out:

“This late?!”

That both Rogers and Boehner are stonewalling the idea of a Select Committee lends credence to an explosive report by the man who broke both the My Lai Massacre in 1969 and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in 2004 – Seymour Hersh.

Rogers: What does he know about Weapons Trafficking out of Benghazi?

Rogers: What does he know about Weapons Trafficking out of Benghazi?

As Shoebat.com reported – and if Hersh is correct – both Boehner and Rogers would have been two members of Congress who received a classified report in January which revealed that then CIA Director David Petraeus was in charge of a weapons trafficking operation from Libya to Syria, through Turkey. Moreover, the operation allegedly began in early 2012. As such, the blood of four dead Americans is on the hands of everyone connected to that operation.

It would also mean that Boehner and Rogers know about it and are covering it up.

This is also not the first time that Rogers has exhibited questionable behavior relative to Benghazi. In November of last year, Shoebat.com published the details of inconsistent accounts of what transpired in closed session. The account of House Intelligence Committee member, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was at variance with the account of Rogers. In an interview after the hearing, Rogers was forced to concede that Ambassador Christopher Stevens met with his committee shortly before the Ambassador’s death.

Did Rogers know about the alleged operation involving Petraeus at that time?

In addition to Benghazi, there is also reason to believe that Rogers knows more about the Malik Obama scandal. A reliable source told Shoebat.com earlier this year that during his trip to Egypt, Rogers was personally looking into the case.

Rep. Rogers meets with Egypt's Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in February.

Rep. Rogers meets with Egypt’s Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in February.


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