With regard to Rep. Mike Rogers’ upcoming radio career (look for it to be short-lived), one thing is increasingly certain; he will need one of the best call-screeners in the business. While he’s at it, he may want to have a five minute delay installed and a hired hand with a finger on the “dump” button at all times. Rogers, the outgoing head of the House Intelligence Committee, is entering the talk radio business at a time when the Select Committee on Benghazi could be dominating the news (especially in talk radio), and his wife should be introduced as a topic of discussion.
The same legal watchdog group that exposed the ‘Smoking gun’ Benghazi email – which was compounded by our discovery at Shoebat.com, that one of the names on the distribution list is an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood – has zeroed in on another conflict of interest with Rogers.
This time, it involves his wife, Kristi, who quietly resigned from her position at Manatt, Phelps and Phelps law firm just two weeks prior to her husband’s announcement that he would be resigning from Congress after this year. Kristi’s time at Manatt law firm was barely more than a year:
“Her departure was not announced and her association with the firm has been scrubbed from its website.”
In 2011, Ms. Rogers was named vice chairman of the company’s board of directors. In December 2012, she left Aegis and joined the law firm Manatt as a managing director for federal government affairs.
As it relates to the Benghazi timeline, her departure was roughly three months after four Americans were murdered in the Libyan city on 9/11/12.
Question: Did Aegis have any business in Libya?
Answer: Oh, yeah.
The Arab Spring protests began in January and took root in Libya by February. Mike Rogers had just become House Intelligence Committee chairman, and his wife had already been with Aegis since 2006. However, in 2011, Kristi’s rise with that company coincided with its very increased presence in Libya:
Libya also was an area of activity for Aegis, Ms. Rogers’ company. As Rep. Rogers assumed control of the Intelligence Committee, an Aegis subsidiary, Aegis Advisory, began setting up shop in Libya. “Aegis has been operating in Libya since February 2011,” noted an Aegis Advisory intelligence report aimed at corporate clients. The report, marked “Confidential,” notes the company’s ability to provide “proprietary information [and] expert knowledge from our country team based in Tripoli.” Security was part of the Aegis package, too.
Who was Aegis doing work for while in Libya in 2011? According to a statement, it was not the U.S. Government (unless it was covert / non-contract work):
“(No) member of the Aegis Group has ever entered into a contract with any department of the U.S. government to perform work in Libya.”
For those paying attention, when an entity in the “covert” operations business says it never “entered into a contract,” that would qualify as a statement made inside a wiggle room.
According to its website, Aegis Advisory does work…
…for a range of major clients, which include multinational corporations, investment banks, law firms, private equity houses and government organisations. The intelligence Aegis provides informs our clients’ strategic business decisions, mitigating risk and providing opportunity.
What is not known is who Aegis would have been doing work for in Libya at a time when the spouse of the company’s vice chairman of its board of directors also happened to be the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Aegis’ area of expertise is… intelligence. Based on Aegis’ statement, its presence in Libya was in no way connected to “any department of the U.S. government” (at least, not with a “contract”).
That leads to the notion of covert operations in Libya. Publicly, Mr. Rogers was against them, as of March of 2011, saying:
“Any covert action that happens would have to get the sign off of the intelligence chairmen, by statute. You won’t get a sign off from me,” Rogers said referring to National Security Act 47. “I still think arming the rebels is a horrible idea. We don’t know who they are, we only know who they are against but we don’t really who they are for. We don’t have a good picture of who’s really in charge.”
Indications are that Mr. Rogers didn’t feel the same way when it came to shipping weapons out of Benghazi. According to a very credible report, then CIA Director David Petraeus ran a covert operation out of Benghazi in early 2012. The purpose was to ship weapons to Turkey from the CIA Annex. From there, the weapons were then shipped to Syria.