Skip to comments.The Benghazi Bonanza: A Bi-Partisan Scandal
Posted on 06/09/2015 12:40:30 PM PDT by jazusamo
The Benghazi affair is beginning to shape up as a bi-partisan scandal making Trey Gowdys life doubly difficult, of course. But the former prosecutor has been doing a bang-up job with his select committee, demolishing the mantra that there is nothing new to be learned about Benghazi and building a sober, far-reaching inquiry. Without Gowdy, recall, there would be no Clinton secret server, no Sidney Blumenthal trail, no new emails, and no upcoming testimony from Mrs. Clinton and her inner circle .
On the latter, Gowdy is holding firm, saying he will not schedule testimony until all relevant emails and documents have been turned over. This week, the House turned up the pressure on the State Department by threatening to withhold funding until the material is produced. Later, the full House could move to subpoena Mrs. Clintons server. Game on.
Gowdy correctly notes that the first Clinton email release is self-selected and self-serving but still, quite revealing. Mr. Blumenthal a man actually barred from a State Department position by the Obama team is revealed as a key Clinton advisor, up to his neck in murky and dubious Libyan schemes. Mrs. Clinton herself is shown to be contemptuous of the president Obama be damned, shell take Sid and deeply involved in Libya policy. Key aides closely follow the media and political fallout over the Benghazi attack. Gems are buried, but you need to know the map and where to dig.
Perhaps most intriguing in the recent email batch is a one-line note to Mrs. Clinton from a top advisor, Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan. The subject of the September 10, 2011 email is simply Rogers. The note in its entirety reads: Apparently wants to see you to talk Libya/weapons.
Chairman Rogers and other GOP House committee chairman spent a good deal of time opposing the formation of the Benghazi Select Committee. As Eli Lake reported last year, Rogers warned his colleagues about the committee. Lake reported that the chairmen of the House Intelligence, Armed Services, and Government Reform committees Reps. Rogers, Buck McKeon, and Darrell Issa, respectively all opposed the formation of a select committee on Benghazi.
Rogers abruptly resigned from the House in 2014 and embarked on a career as a radio and TV talking head. Around the same time, his wife, Kristi Rogers, quietly departed from a top position at the private defense contractor Aegis Defense Services, which had interests in Libya. Last year in the DC, Judicial Watchreported on Mike and Kristi Rogers and the Aegis connection.
Both Rep. Rogers committee and Ms. Rogers company were focused on the Libyan security and intelligence environment in the months surrounding the Benghazi attack, the story noted. Both Rep. Rogers and Aegis pursued Libyan border security issues. And both Rep. Rogers and Ambassador Stevens were linked to efforts to secure Gadhafis arsenals a high-stakes venture that involved both the State Department and the CIA.
The new emails flash a few signals from Benghazi darkness. We can now add Mr. Blumenthal to the list of those focused on the Libyan security and intelligence environment. And as Herridge and Browne note, the emails also reveal Mrs. Clintons interest in arming the Libyan rebels using private security contractors.
The issue remains so sensitive that the emails recently released by the State Department redacted a key line on the matter, Herridge and Browne write. But the unredacted version of the same email, released to the congressional Benghazi Select Committee and first posted by The New York Times showed Clinton appearing to endorse the idea of using private contractors.
The Clinton email, sent to Deputy Chief of Staff Sullivan, includes a Libya report from Mr. Blumenthal discussing clandestine military support to the [Libyan] rebels and noting that Libyan factions are considering the possibility of hiring private security firms to help train and organize their forces.
Mrs. Clinton sends the Blumenthal report on to Mr. Sullivan, noting: FYI. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered.
The timeline here is intriguing. Mrs. Clintons email was sent in April 2011, as it was becoming clear that Gadhafi could not hang on to power. Christopher Stevens had been named special envoy to the Libyan opposition the same people Mr. Blumenthal was talking to and NATO airstrikes had begun. The long knives were out and there were profits to be made in oil-rich Libya.
By August, according to the AP, State Department and CIA officials were working closely on locating Gadhafis weapons of mass destruction and shoulder-fired missiles known as MANPADS particularly prized by terrorists and insurgents. State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, the AP reported, said the State Departments envoy to the Libyan opposition, Chris Stevens, was working with officials in Benghazi on how to take control over the yellowcake and chemical facilities and on destroying MANPADS as they are discovered.
A month later, Chairman Rogers was reaching out to Secretary Clinton to talk Libya/weapons.
Mr. Rogers was at the time a central player in global intelligence activities. As a member of the so-called Gang of Eight the eight leaders of Congress and the House and Senate intelligence committees he would have had a hand in all highly sensitive covert actions. Did Mr. Rogers and Mrs. Clinton eventually meet to talk about Libya and weapons? Was the idea of using private security experts in Libya, as Mrs. Clinton wrote to her deputy, discussed? Was Aegis Defense Services the private security company led by Mr. Rogers wife involved? Was Mr. Blumenthal?
The Clintons, of course, have been much in the news lately for their apparent conviction that the public good and private profit often go hand in hand, usually through the Clinton Foundation and its various satellites. Mr. Blumenthal a longtime Clinton insider was on the payrolls of the foundation and associated entities at the time of his Libyan adventures.
As author Peter Schweizer noted in his groundbreaking study, Clinton Cash, the Clintons frequently operated at the fringes of the developed world, often appearing to assist in facilitating huge resource-extraction deals that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The era of globalization has opened up a Wild West bonanza where profits can be made on a scale not seen since the height of nineteenth-century colonialism. The Clintons most lucrative transactions originate not in places like Germany or Great Britain, where business and politics are kept separate by stringent ethical rules and procedures, but in despotic areas on the world where the rules are very different.
Mr. Gowdy has said he will interview Mr. Blumenthal, among others. He also should interview everyone associated with Mr. Blumenthals activities in Libya and scoop up the financial paper trail. As a former prosecutor, he knows the key question in any inquiry often is, cui bono? Who profits?
Mr. Gowdy also should interview Mr. Rogers. He needs to know what the Gang of Eight Republicans as well as Democrats knew about Libya operations and when they knew it. He needs to find out what the CIA was up to with the State Department in Libya and if Aegis Defense Services or other private contractors were involved. Critically, he needs to learn what Mr. Blumenthal was doing in Libya and if his employers at the Clinton Foundation were involved.
According to the spin from Mr. Blumenthals side of the story, he was in Libya on some sort of business/humanitarian mission, looking to build floating hospitals and schools. How Clintonian. And what a ridiculous lie.
Micah Morrison is chief investigative reporter for Judicial Watch . First published at the Daily Caller, June 4, 2015
As tangled a web of corruption as Benghazi is, it’s just the tip of the iceberg of the corruption that rules our federal government.
I think implicating Rogers, a repub, makes this even more damaging to Clinton.
No Congresscritter has ever asked why we had 35 CIA guys in Benghazi.
The reason was they were gun-running to what became ISIS, and everyone in Washington was behind it.
I think we can always expect corruption in government. What is unacceptable is the lack of accountability.
Sounds like we should just build a prison wall around the capitol. It’s already full of crooks.
Throwing a Republican under the bus lends some credibility to the inquiry.
Don’t forget Congresscritter Rogers was the Author of the House Committee Report that released their findings just as Rogers left office. Didn’t interview Hillary and fawned over Adm. Mullins job on the Review.
Of Course he found no fault or shenanigans in the Operation.
Much like Hillary and her Cattle Futures...
Congressman Rogers is dirty in this, IMHO.
“As tangled a web of corruption as Benghazi is, its just the tip of the iceberg of the corruption that rules our federal government.”
Somehow I get the feeling they are going to get McCain.
McLettuce is a POS
If Benghazi takes out Hillary’s presidential run at the expense of a couple corrupt GOPe types that’s double-plus good. If McCain goes down as part of it that’s the jackpot.
I believe you’re right on the mark.
Remember it was Ansar Al Sharia who claimed responsibility for Benghazi attack.
March 2011 through Pre 9/11/12 attack: Who knew of Operation Zero Footprint?:
Here are the Republican they knew all the time while the hearings were going on.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Rep)
Speaker of the House John Boehner (Rep)
Minority Senate Intel Committee Saxby Chambliss (Rep)
House Permanent Select Committee on Intel Chairman Mike Rogers (Rep)
Hillary lied her ass off to Rand Paul when asked if she knew anything, anything about weapons shipped out of Libya.
McCain and Lindsey are in on this and I am absolutely delighted let let them go to jail.
I don’t I don’t care what Republicans are involved in that I hope they all go to prison.
They didn’t care what or how many tea party people got nailed by the IRS and I don’t care about them at all either.
Let it all come out.
McLettuce was chosen in the 80s to throw the USA to the Left’s slobbering jaws when they were ‘ready’ to take over. He had to throw in Palin as a beard to avoid a 61-39 loss to zero.
The 0bama regime’s Benghazi debacle makes Iran Contra look like a Sunday picnic in the spring.
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