Response to The Weekly Standard

November 16, 2016

From Andy Keiser, spokesperson for The Honorable Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers lambasted Hillary Clinton on television and radio for 18 months.  The implication by the “Never Trump” Weekly Standard 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.

HPSCI interviewed every single member of the intelligence community who was in the fight in Benghazi.  Because it is not within its jurisdiction, HPSCI did not interview Department of State or Department of Defense personnel.  That is why Congressman Rogers voted to create the Benghazi Select Committee, to further look into the unconscionable Obama Administration failures in those areas.

Finally, Mike Rogers has repeatedly called all of the CIA personnel on the ground in Benghazi heroes.  Were it not for their actions, every single American would have been killed that tragic night on September 11, 2012.

For months, Mike Rogers did everything in his power to elect Donald Trump, while the Weekly Standard did everything in its power to defeat him.