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Rep. Mike Rogers Claims More 'Whistleblowers' to Testify on Benghazi

| by Michael Allen
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Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) told 'Fox News Sunday' that he expects more "whistleblowers" to come forward with information about the September 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

"I do think we're going to see more whistle blowers. I certainly know my committee has been contacted," said Rep. Rogers, who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, reports Reuters.

Ironically, in 2010, Rep. Rogers called for the execution of whistleblower Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, reported Politico.com. "The death penalty clearly should be considered here," Rogers said three years ago. Manning released a shocking video to Wikileaks showing the U.S. military killing Reuters' reporters and children in Iraq.

Former U.S. diplomat Greg Hicks testified before the House last week that he believed more could have been done to stop the attack by the terrorists in Benghazi, but did not add any new information to what had already been reported.

Hicks was upset that a four man special forces unit was not sent to Benghazi during the attack, but rather kept in Tripoli to protect the U.S. embassy there.

"I would call it a cover-up in the extent that there was willful removal of information," Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, before defending President Obama.

“With all due respect, I think this is a serious issue. I will even give the president the benefit of the doubt on some of these things. We need a select committee.”

Sen. McCain called for a select congressional committee to interview former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who testified before the House in January.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a Republican who served in the Bush and Obama administrations, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday it would have been "very difficult, if not impossible" to rescue the U.S. embassy officials in Benghazi (video below), notes RawStory.com.

"To send some small number of special forces or other troops in without knowing what the environment is, without knowing what the threat is, without having any intelligence in terms of what is actually going on the ground, I think would have been very dangerous," Gates said.

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Sources: Reuters, RawStory.com, Politico.com