David Petraeus to testify before Congress

10:44 AM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
Army General David Petraeus.
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John Bacon, USA TODAY

Former CIA director David Petraeus will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee concerning the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, news outlets are reporting.

"Mr. Petraeus has indicated his willingness (to testify)," Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told Politico, but she provided no timetable. Fox News says the former general is expected to speak off-site to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday and that the House side is still being worked out.

Asked if there was a national security breach with the Petraeus affair, Feinstein said, "I have no evidence that there was at this time."

Petraeus was initially slated to offer testimony on the Benghazi attack, which left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead, at a closed hearing before the Senate committee Thursday.

Petraeus resigned last week over an extramarital affair. The resignation has since expanded to include Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Allen reportedly exchanged "possibly inappropriate" e-mails with Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite linked to the Petraeus scandal.

The attack became a heated campaign issue less leading up to the presidential election. Reports surfaced that U.S. diplomats had questioned the level of security at the consulate prior to the attack. And Republicans criticized the Obama administration's failure to more quickly acknowledge that intelligence suggested very early on that it was a planned terrorist attack, rather than spontaneous violence erupting out of protests over an anti-Muslim film.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said the U.S. military did not quickly intervene during the attack because military leaders did not have adequate intelligence information and felt they should not put American forces at risk.


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