Chairman of Intelligence Committee Remaining Silent on Benghazi Report

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee still isn’t talking about the report on Benghazi approved by his committee. Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) has not commented on claims by multiple Democrats on the Committee who say the group concluded there was “no deliberate wrongdoing” committed by the Obama administration.

Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Mike Thompson (D-CA), and Adam Schiff (D-CA) are the top Democrats on the Committee and their comments about the findings have been red meat for left-wing media. The conclusions being made by those media outlets is that the findings negate the need for the House Select Committee chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy. The Democrats and media are clearly attempting to undercut Gowdy’s efforts, as has reported.

While the report has not yet come out, it is curious that chairman Rogers (who had to approve the final version) is remaining silent as Gowdy’s committee is taking fire:

CNN reached out to Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers for comment on the panel’s report but did not receive a response.

Gowdy has said repeatedly that the House Select Committee will review what other congressional committees have found, but also seek testimony from those who haven’t done so yet.

Gowdy told his hometown newspaper, the Greenville News, “witnesses who were previously unavailable or not interested in cooperating are now interested in cooperating.” He added that “the universe of witnesses is expanding.”

Fox News briefly touched on news of the report, quoting Schiff, who said the findings were “non-controversial”. Host Bret Baier then quoted Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who isn’t even on the Intelligence Committee. Chaffetz insisted that the Select Committee should be the final word:

The truth is that when the truth about what happened in Benghazi is revealed by a committee report, it should ultimately be Democrats on the Committee with little to say, not the other way around.

As has chronicled, the list of concerns about Rogers is lengthy and it should be considered a good thing that the Select Committee was formed, despite Rogers not wanting it.

Before the formation of the Select Committee, Rogers was repeatedly against it, saying in a radio interview in March of 2013, “I don’t think so” when asked if he thought the committee should be formed. Earlier this year, after the quetionable testimony of Deputy CIA Director Mike Morell in front of his committee, Rogers reasoned that a Select Committee would be a waste of money and constitute a “re-hash” of information his committee already investigated. The conflict of interest issue involving the Committee’s lead investigator taking a job with Morell also came up in this exchange, as reported:

Rogers also contradicted Speaker John Boehner during the March 2013 radio interview last year, saying he had “no information that substantiates” claims that weapons were being trafficked out of Benghazi to Turkey. Just two months earlier, Boehner all but conceded the point in a separate interview when asked about Hillary Clinton’s response to a question by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) during Senate testimony:


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