House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers insisted earlier today that there was absolutely no intelligence failure with regard to the Benghazi attack. “With a high degree of confidence today, I will tell you, the intelligence community had it right, and they had it right quickly,” he told NBC’s David Gregory. Rather, Rogers insisted, the public got shoddy information about the attack because the so-called Deputies Committee, consisting of administration appointees, changed the intelligence community’s talking points to omit references to terrorism:
What happened was, it worked its way up through the system, these so-called talking points that everyone refers to, and it went up to what’s called a Deputies Committee…that’s populated by appointees from the administration. That’s where the narrative changed, and so how that thing got back to Senator [sic] Rice, I think, is probably another question. We do know that the intelligence community in how they presented it was accurate.