From Andy Keiser, spokesperson for The Honorable Mike Rogers
“Mike Rogers lambasted Hillary Clinton on television and radio for 18 months. To try to imply that he is soft on Hillary Clinton is absurd.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s (HPSCI) investigation into Benghazi was STRICTLY an intelligence investigation. The Intelligence Committee has jurisdiction over the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies, not the State Department. The Foreign Affairs Committee has jurisdiction over the State Department. The HPSCI report certainly didn’t clear Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing, instead it pointed out numerous failures at the State Department and Congressman Rogers voted to create The Benghazi Select Committee to pursue further investigation into those failures.
The Chairman’s Additional Views submitted as part of the Benghazi report, which was approved UNANIMOUSLY, stated:
“Senior State Department officials [I.E. Hillary Clinton] dismissed repeated threat warnings and denied requests for additional security in eastern Libya, thereby placing U.S. personnel at unnecessary risk.
Senior U.S. officials [I.E. Hillary Clinton] perpetuated an inaccurate story that matched the Administration’s misguided view that the United States was nearing a victory over al-Qa’ida.
The Administration’s failed policies [I.E. Hillary Clinton] continue to undermine the national security interests of the United States.”
Chairman Rogers’ OpEd in The Hill after the report was submitted stated:
“The Obama administration’s White House and State Department actions before, during, and after the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012, ranged from incompetence to deplorable political manipulation in the midst of an election season.
The State Department ignored numerous, consistent intelligence warnings about the threat environment in Benghazi and was woefully unprepared to operate in a high threat environment like Benghazi.
For months after the attacks, senior White House officials, including President Obama, grossly misled the American people about what happened and why. I believe that they did this to further their own inaccurate view that they had al Qa’ida “on the run”; and with an election looming they did not want to be responsible for a terrorist attack on their watch.”
If Mike Rogers was trying to whitewash something, he didn’t do a very good job.
There is absolutely no merit to the salacious, conspiracy part of this “story.” Mike and Kristi Rogers are sought-after experts who happen to work in a similar field. Both have worked in difficult environments on behalf of the country they love – Mike for the United States Army and FBI in Chicago. Kristi – serving her country for the Department of Defense in Iraq. Last time I checked, that is called patriotism.”