June 29th, 2014
12:07 PM ET
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Rogers: Benghazi suspect 'compliant but not cooperative'

(CNN) –– Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said Sunday the suspect in the Benghazi attacks "likely" did not provide useful intelligence during his two-week detention aboard a ship to the United States.

The White House announced the capture earlier this month of Ahmed Abu Khatallah - the suspected ringleader of the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

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Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, told CNN's Candy Crowley that Abu Khatallah was "compliant but not cooperative" during his interviews with interrogators.

"You can imagine that he was not obstinate. He was not pushing back, but he was likely not providing information," Rogers said.

Controversy swirls over handling of Benghazi suspect Abu Khatallah

A U.S. official told CNN that Abu Khatallah was questioned before being advised of his Miranda rights but continued to provide intelligence even after officials read him his right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination.

Rogers said the time that investigators had with Abu Khatallah aboard the USS New York was insufficient.

"Ten days is not enough. And you'll find no investigator, interrogator, that would say I know I can do it in 10 days," he said. "Everybody's different. You can get that rapport building and that cooperative spirit, but sometimes it takes a month or two months."

Rogers, like many Republicans, contends that the alleged terrorist should go through a military tribunal at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, instead of being tried in a federal court. The White House has defended its decision to try Abu Khatallah domestically, as the administration continues its efforts to close the detention facility.

On Saturday, Abu Khatallah pleaded not guilty at a federal courthouse in Washington to one count of providing material support to terrorists.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Chris..E.al

    What do we expect him to say ? Book me Dano ? I dont think he's that dumb .

    June 29, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Jughead

    People in government should be barred from revealing anthing about an ongoing investigation.

    On another note, Why was he kidnapped instead of being properly extradited ?

    June 29, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Tom

    Let me guess, "cooperative" would be embracing Benghazi fantasies that has been invented by the right-wing media. Guaranteed, if this guy started telling a story that supported the Republican witch hunt theories, Republicans would instantly be delighted with him testifying in court.

    June 29, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Investigations mean weatherboarding , torture In GOP dictionary

    June 29, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Lot Cantare

    "Bergdahlghazi!" cried the Teabilly, to no one in particular.

    June 29, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. EchoDeltaEcho

    The Republicans are agin' it because President Obama did it. So, nothing new, here.

    June 29, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. mike

    he "likely" did not provide information...what kind of intelligence report is that

    June 29, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    Apparently Mike Rodger does not understand why most prosecutors will not talk about an investigation while it is on going. And this guy is the head of the House Intelligence Comm????? Working his way toward a miss-trial??? Good little GOTPer.

    June 29, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Dick Perry

    Did he have a attorney present during those interrogations? If not will he have a attorney present during the upcoming mock trial?

    June 29, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. GTS58

    I wonder how look it took Obama's interrogator's to convince this half-wit it was the video that caused Benghazi!

    June 29, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Thomas

    One thing is for sure , it will be a very very longtime before Abu Khatallah enjoys the taste of home cooked lamb kabobs !

    June 29, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. JohnRJohnson

    This is NOT news. Rogers admits he doesn't know if Khattalah provided intelligence or not. He's just guessing. So why report it?

    June 29, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Pete/Ark

    I don't know Mr. Rogers or his background in interrogations , so I ask the honest question " Why does he speak in such absolutes as to the opinion of experts ?". Based on my very limited time in that arcane field , I tend to think he overstates his case .

    June 29, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Completely shocking!! I thought if we gave him a blueberry muffin, he was going to spill the beans.

    June 29, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. sol

    Didn;t provide information as he had none

    June 29, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. herchato

    Now here is a guy that should be in prison and it will probably be better accommodations than he's been used too. He may not like the company though but in his line of work one can't be too choosey.

    June 29, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Gordie Chase EZ Marketing

    Some people in America will agree with anything our government does that they deem appropriate, but what's to stop other countries from kidnapping our citizens and accusing them of aiding terrorist. The world is becoming a dangerous place and one day that big stick we wave will resemble a toothpick so with that in mind the rules of law should apply in every circumstance.

    June 29, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. wld

    He's being tried in a US civilian court. He doesn't have to say a word. Even if they say pretty please. They didn't read him his rights before the initial interrogation, so nothing they learned during that time until they did read him his rights can be used in the trial against him. He probably lies bigger than the Hildabeast does, so his info is useless.

    June 29, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Matt Mattson

    It is sad our first President of color will be remembered for being the most inept, corrupt, wasteful, destructive, divisive and subversive President ever. A man twice elected because of the color of his skin rather than the content of his character.

    June 29, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Gary

    "House intelligence committee"
    Now that's funny!

    June 29, 2014 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. neutral observer

    His only statement should be that he did it because of the video.

    June 29, 2014 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. Tommy G

    Americans are not his peers. Will they be flying in potential jurors from Benghazi? After all, our justice system guarantees a jury of his peers.

    If the Obama administration mucks this up the way they have mucked up everything else they touch, Democrats are in real deep doo-doo.

    June 29, 2014 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Hillary Clinton has agreed to defend him as she has first hand knowledge that he was not involved as he was just out for a walk one night when a bunch of demonstrators armed with AK-47s and RPGs swept him up and attacked the Consulate because of a Bugs Bunny video.

    Hey, if Hillary Clinton can defend the rapist of a 12 year old girl and practically get the guy off by attacking the victim, this will be a cake walk for her.

    June 29, 2014 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. S. B. Stein

    If he were to go to GITMO, then there would be a chance of release. With a regular prison in the states, then is almost chance of escape.

    June 29, 2014 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Dose anybody remember when the Israelis kidnaped Otto Adolf Eichmann from Argentina .

    June 30, 2014 01:07 am at 1:07 am |