BULLETIN – PETRAEUS WILL TESTIFY – AT 9:35 A.M. ET: Fox News is reporting that former Director of Central Intelligence David Petraeus will testify before Congressional committees about the Benghazi attack. Presumably, there will be questions about his own personal behavior, and how it might have impacted his previous statements:
Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify about the Libya terror attack before the House and Senate intelligence committees, Fox News has learned.
Petraeus had originally been scheduled to testify this Thursday on the burgeoning controversy over the deadly Sept. 11 attack.
That appearance was scuttled, though, after the director abruptly resigned over an extramarital affair.
Lawmakers, though, complained that the scandal was no reason they shouldn't hear from the man at the helm of the CIA when CIA operatives came under attack alongside State Department employees in Benghazi last month.
The logistics of Petraeus' appearance are still being worked out. But a source close to Petraeus said the former four-star general has contacted the CIA, as well as committees in both the House and Senate, to offer his testimony as the former CIA director.
Fox News has learned he is expected to speak off-site to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday about his Libya report.
The House side is still being worked out.
Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11 attack, which the administration initially blamed on a "spontaneous" mob reacting to protests over an anti-Islam film. Officials later labeled the attack terrorism.
COMMENT: Charles Krauthammer said yesterday that he believed the administration held the sex scandal over Petraeus's head to get him to deliver party-line testimony on Libya when he previously testified before Congress. Petraeus reportedly believed he could keep his job.
He didn't keep his job. It will be interesting to see if his story changes. We don't know what other information about him, if any, the FBI is holding.
November 14, 2012