Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Two Republicans and a Democrat in the House have disputed a New York Times (NYT) report that al Qaeda was not involved in the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” the NYT report published Saturday was not accurate. Rogers claimed NYT reporters did not talk to people who were doing the fighting and intelligence gathering.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who also appeared in the show, backed Rogers’ position saying the report “doesn’t conclude the attack was a flash mob attack.”
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), member and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, comment on Fox News Saturday that the report was misleading for linking the Ansar al-Sharia militants to the attack. King said the group is an affiliate of al Qaeda.
Rep. Darryl Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday that regardless of which group attacked the diplomatic compound that killed four Americans, including ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, the White House tried to mislead the public about what happened.
The NYT report, which was based on interviews of witnesses, reiterated that Ahmed Abu Khattala, commander of the Benghazi-based Ansar al-Sharia, was behind the consulate attack, but “was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam” as what former U.N. Ambassador and current national security advisor Susan Rice told the American public.