Friday, May 12, 2017

Who Was Mike Rogers? Quintessential Washington Insider

JS: The has been talk that President Trump had some interest in Mike Rogers as next FBI director. Below Judicial Watch in an older bulletin refer to Rogers as an 'insider' who  whitewashed what happened at Benghazi among other problems with Roger's activities.

Judical Watch/Mica Morrison

It’s a chaotic week over at the Trump transition. Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Chris Christie ally, is out as senior national security adviser. Only days ago, the Great Mentioners were mentioning Rogers as the next CIA chief or Director of National Intelligence. So it goes at the court of the Sun King. Rogers has been on Judicial Watch’s radar for years. His House committee gave an early whitewash to the Benghazi affair and he opposed the formation of Trey Gowdy’s special select committee. As I noted in a June 2014 investigative report, Rogers and his wife, Kristi Rogers, are quintessential Washington insiders, with deep ties to the corporate shadow armies operating at the fringes of government control. We’re reprinting that report, first published at the Daily Caller, below. Rogers may not be running the CIA anytime soon, but he remains a cautionary tale about the insider game in Washington. 

Unraveling Benghazi: Is Mike Rogers Part of the Problem?

Daily Caller
June 17, 2014

With the curtain soon to go up on select committee hearings on Benghazi, a key question remains unanswered: what on earth were we doing there? What policies were being pursued in that violent outpost of the Libyan revolution?

The White House would rather not say. In an email obtained by Judicial Watch and released in April, senior White House communications advisor Ben Rhodes instructed administration media spinners in the aftermath of the attack to “underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.” For all the sound and fury over hearings, Congress also has not shown much interest in precisely what Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the State Department and the CIA were doing in Benghazi.

Last month, Daily Beast national security correspondent Eli Lake reported that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers had “warned his colleagues about the upcoming select committee to investigate Benghazi.”

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