GOP Benghazi Probe Leader Has Huge Conflict of Interest
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 Sept. 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 US 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 backbenchers on his committee became intense did he agree to hold last week’s hearing at which former Deputy CIA Director Mike Morrell testified.
Even then, observers noted how mild he was in his questioning, preferring to let Congressmen Peter King, R-N.Y., and Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., take the lead in asking the tough questions.
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?
Demands for a special select committee to investigate Benghazi have been heard ever since the attack took place, but now that the Rogers’ conflict of interest is exposed, they are likely to escalate.
The accusations of conflict of interest surface at the same time as the Inspector General for the State Department reported that $6 billion in department contracts, largely in Afghanistan and Iraq, couldn’t be accounted for. The contracts covering the work have disappeared.
(It is worth remembering that there was no inspector general for the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure because President Obama failed to appoint one. Finally, after four years, one was named and he promptly audited the Department and found about the missing funds.)
Hillary’s State Department and its contractors have a lot to answer for.