Benghazi Select Committee PROVES Its Worth By Doing what Intelligence Committee DID NOT

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By Ben Barrack

With news coming out that legal watchdog Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking emails between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her close adviser Huma Abedin, and a Muslim Sisterhood leader who is the wife of Egypt’s former President Mohammed Mursi, perhaps some renewed attention should be turned toward the findings of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). In particular, that attention should be given to what the HPSCI failed to do.

Rogers: Discovery of Clinton Emails a stain on his Committee.

Rogers: Discovery of Clinton Emails a stain on his Committee.

Former chairman of that Committee – Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) – should be asked some tough questions by Gowdy. In the spirit of bipartisanship, Rogers should even be deposed.

Naglaa Mahmoud is the wife of former President of Egypt, Mohammed Mursi, of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The significance of all this is the fact that Mahmoud and Abedin’s mother Saleha Abedin have been identified as two of 63 leaders in the Muslim Sisterhood.

It should be noted that it was the House Select Committee on Benghazi which discovered Hillary Clinton’s private emails. Subsequent to that, Gawker revealed that Huma had a private Clinton email account as well.

Hillary and Huma (L) and Naglaa Mahmoud (R)

Hillary and Huma (L) and Naglaa Mahmoud (R)

The HPSCI report on Benghazi was completed last August but wasn’t released until the Friday before Thanksgiving as the news cycle was dominated to the pending grand jury decision in the high profile Michael Brown case. The report, touted by Democrats as the final word on Benghazi, was held up as proof that the Select Committee was unnecessary. As Chairman, Rogers had to sign off on a report that essentially let everyone off the hook.

Why didn’t his committee find these emails?

Huma_Email_address

This is where things seem to get problematic for Rogers because it reveals a disturbing pattern of behavior. In 2012, when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other Congressman sent five separate letters to five separate Inspectors General, one of those letters raised concerns about Huma’s irrefutable connections to the Muslim Brotherhood through her family.

Westmoreland

Westmoreland

Few came to Bachmann’s defense; most stayed away. In some cases, members of her own party either excoriated her or took Huma’s side, to include Senator John McCain, Speaker John Boehner, Senator Marco Rubio and others.

Note: One of the signatories to those letters – Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) – is today a member of the Benghazi Select Committee.

Here is what Rogers had to say to the USA Today at the time when asked about the issue of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. Government:

“That kind of assertion certainly doesn’t comport with the Intelligence Committee, and I can say that on the record. I have no information in my committee that would indicate that Huma is anything other than an American patriot.”

That is a demonstrably false statement, compounded by the fact that the committee Rogers led at the time ultimately let the Obama administration off the hook over Benghazi.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich responded by the report by saying he thought the Committee was ‘co-opted by the CIA’ in a CNN panel discussion:

Last April, less than one month prior to the formation of the Benghazi Select Committee being announced, Rogers appeared on the Fox News Channel with Brian Kilmeade and suggested that HPSCI was hard at work and that there was no need for a Select Committee. He did so while pointing to a $44 million price tag for the investigation and said he thought any such committee would likely only rehash what HPSCI discovered.

The discovery of Hillary’s emails, coupled with HPSCI’s ultimate failure to discover them, clearly shows Rogers was wrong (relevant portion begins at the :40 mark):

At about the time of that interview, Rogers was making it known that he would not be running for re-election in 2014. Instead, he would do talk radio beginning in early 2015. Somewhat bizarrely, Talkers announced in early November that Rogers wouldn’t be doing an actual show. Instead, he would be recording three, daily one minute features called “Something to Think About”.

In a shocking admission at the end of a November 2013 interview with Megyn Kelly, Rogers confessed that Ambassador Christopher Stevens did meet with him and his committee in the days before his murder. It is still not known what was discussed:

Rogers isn’t the only prominent Republican to seem to want the Benghazi scandal to go away. Consider what Karl Rove said earlier this year. During an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Rove suggested that going after Benghazi might be like going after Obama’s Birth Certificate.

As was the case with Rogers, Rove was clearly wrong as well:

Here is a recent press conference held by Rep. Gowdy about the discovery of the private Clinton email address:

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