David Petraeus To Testify Before Intelligence Committees
Former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees regarding the attack on the consulate in Benghazi:
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.
Right now, it appears that Petraeus’s appearance before the Senate Committee will be at an off-site location while the details for the House testimony have not been worked out completely yet. Both appearances were to be closed-door meetings in any case due to the classified nature of the matters being discussed.
This also tends to put the lie to the accusations of some on the right that the sex scandal was some way to prevent Petraeus from testifying. The General is appearing voluntarily, but he just as easily could have been subpoenaed.