Crony Congress – Rep. Mike Rogers Has Links to the Benghazi Scandal Yet is in Charge of the Investigation

For those of you who don’t know Congressman Mike Rogers, he is the Representative hailing from Michigan’s Eighth District. He is also one of the biggest blowhard, chicken-hawk defenders of unconstitutional NSA spying in all of Washington D.C.

Back in 2012, he gave his support to internet spy bill CISPA by proclaiming: “Stand for America! Support this bill!” Naturally, this clown would also serve as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Rogers is notorious for being one of the staunchest critics of Glenn Greenwald. For example, earlier this year he made up all sort of lies about Greenwald in an attempt to smear the journalist. In response, Greenwald had the following to say about Rogers back in February:

“First is that he’s not only lying, and he is lying, but he not only is lying but he knows that he’s lying. This what is Mike Rogers is notorious for in Washington is literally making things up and smearing political opponents and journalists he doesn’t like.

I defy Mike Rogers, if he wants to make that accusation, to come forward and present actual evidence that any journalist has stolen, has sold documents or stolen material or engaged in any kind of criminality. He has no evidence, he’s just making things up.”

You’d think a guy like Rogers who aggressively lobs untrue accusations against a journalist trying to inform the American public about government criminality would have a squeaky clean background himself. After all, he was a former FBI agent. You’d think that, but you’d be wrong.

Incredibly, Dick Morris points out that until recently Mike Rogers’ wife was the president and the CEO of the company that was contracted by the State Department to provide intelligence-based and physical security services. While this sort of crony capitalism is seen as “business as usual” in the cesspool that is D.C., the really crazy part of this story is that as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rogers is charged with investigating the adequacy of security at the Benghazi compound prior to the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack.

You can’t find a bigger conflict of interest than that…

Dick Morris writes:

Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is charged with investigating the adequacy of security at the Benghazi compound prior to the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack.

His wife, Kristi Clemens Rogers was the president and the CEO of the company that was contracted by the State Department to provide that security!

Mrs. Rogers, until recently, served as president and CEO of Aegis LLC, the contractor to the United States Department of State for intelligence-based and physical security services.

Aegis, a British private military company with overseas offices in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Kenya, Nepal and the U.S., won a $10 billion, 5-year contract with the State Department to provide security for U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.

Aegis describes itself as “a leading private security company, provides government and corporate clients with a full spectrum of intelligence-led, culturally-sensitive security solutions to operational and development challenges around the world.”

Congressman Rogers, who abruptly announced his intention not to seek re-election, has been criticized for dragging his feet in the Benghazi investigation. Only when pressure from back benchers on his committee became intense did he agree to hold last week’s hearing at which former Deputy CIA Director Mike Morrell testified.

How on earth can the Rogers family justify having a husband who chairs a Congressional committee charged with reviewing the performance of his wife’s company in guarding the Benghazi compound?

Is this the reason Rogers just abruptly announced his retirement to become a talk radio host?

Full article here.

In Liberty
Michael Krieger

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  1. The accusation that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers has a conflict of interest in the Benghazi investigation is patently false. The Committee does not oversee the security of State Department facilities, such as the Temporary Mission Facility in Benghazi. That is the responsibility of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on which Rep. Mike Rogers does not sit.

    A simple inquiry to the Executive Branch, the company, or relevant investigators, would find that Aegis did not have a contract to provide security for the Temporary Mission Facility or the Annex in Benghazi. Additionally, a simple Internet search could have determined that the House Intelligence Committee is not charged with investigating the adequacy of the security at the Benghazi compound. As mentioned, security at U.S. diplomatic facilities such as the Temporary Mission Facility in Benghazi falls within the jurisdiction of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. There was no conflict of interest.

    The House Intelligence Committee has held 19 Committee oversight events – more than any other committee – looking into the intelligence on Benghazi, the security at the Annex, the response during and after the attack and the CIA’s role in shaping the Obama Administration’s false narrative. The Committee held three hearings with CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell and has interviewed more eyewitnesses to the attack than any other committee. And this committee led the drafting of a comprehensive Interim Progress Report issued last April and available here: http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Libya-Progress-Report-Final-1.pdf. This report lays out the entire timeline of the attack and the response to it. The report has never been demonstrated by fact to be in error. The full length of the House Intelligence Committee’s thorough Benghazi investigation can be found here: http://intelligence.house.gov/benghazi-investigation

    Chairman Rogers led a three hour grilling of Michael Morell last week in an open hearing. His questions can be found here starting at 25:00: http://www.c-span.org/video/?318648-1/benghazi-obama-administration and his hard-hitting opening statement can be found here: http://intelligence.house.gov/sites/intelligence.house.gov/files/documents/04022014ChairOpeningStatement.pdf

    Unfortunately, the truth doesn’t stop those in need of promoting themselves for profit. Hopefully, readers will educate themselves on the facts and disregard personal and baseless allegations.

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