GOP Rep.: Republicans Criticizing Benghazi Report Didn’t Read It

A few weeks ago, the political world was buzzing over a Benghazi report from the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee that settled some of the issues surrounding the 2012 attack. But some high-profile Republicans called the report into serious question, with Senator Lindsey Graham rather bluntly calling it “crap.”

Fox News also didn’t get on board with some of what the report found, both in how it was covered the day of and how its opinionators dissected it in the ensuing days.

Well, the chair of the committee that issued the report, Republican Mike Rogers, responded today to critics from his own party. In comments reported by Talking Points Memo, Rogers insisted the report was “bipartisan, well-founded, [and] well-sourced,” and had this to say about Republicans dismissing its findings:

“They didn’t read the report. And unfortunately people wanted this report to be the expansive Benghazi report. I told everyone, including some members on my committee that it was not going to be an expansive Benghazi report. My jurisdiction — the committee’s jurisdiction was the lane of the intelligence community. So I think they wanted a report to come out to go after the State Department or the White House. That was not my goal. I put no piece of information in a finding if we couldn’t corroborate the information. So one piece of testimony is not corroboration. I had to have other corroboration in order to do it.”

And Rogers argued that not a single critic of the report has disputed its findings, just complained around them.

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