Rep. Rogers: Benghazi Memo Prompted New Talk With CIA Official

Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 09:04 PM

By Greg Richter

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Rep. Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, says a memo from the former CIA station chief in Libya written four days after the Benghazi attack prompted the official to be re-interviewed.

The Washington Times reports that the memo, issued Sept. 15, 2012, said the attack that left four Americans dead was not an escalation of protests over an anti-Muslim video, as the White House said at the time.

Appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," Rogers said that he could not reveal the contents of the memo because it's still classified, but that what was in it prompted the committee to re-interview the former station chief about the details of what happened that day and what led to the memo.

Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell is to testify Wednesday before Rogers' committee. Morell is purported to be the author of the talking points given to former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Rice appeared on all five Sunday news shows and blamed the video one day after the former station chief's memo was written saying the opposite was true.

Rogers said his committee interviewed nine people who were on the ground in Libya and none said he knew anything about a protest or a video. One said that "it clearly was a professional act" that was planned.

Prior to the attack, people on the ground were telling the State Department they needed to change the configuration because it was too dangerous, Rogers said. "They asked for help, didn't get it."

"All of that leads up to the day of 9/11," he added. "So, certainly decisions were made in the State Department that I at least argue are complicit in the murders of those four individuals. At least negligence was involved."

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens died in the attack along with three other Americans on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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