Here is video of Rep. Peter King describing the testimony of Gen. David Petraeus today before the House Intelligence Committee on the Benghazi Terrorist Attack. King said Petraeus indicated he believed from the start it was a terrorist attack, and that the CIA’s original talking points indicated that fact. However, the version of the talking points put out by the Obama White House and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice were different, indicating that at some point along the way the references to it being a terrorist attack were edited out by someone. There was no indication who changed the talking points or why.
Here is CNN Headline News’ Kyra Phillips describing off-camera conversations she has been having with Gen. David Petraeus since the scandal surrounding him broke last week. Phillips described phone conversations with Petraeus in which she says Petraeus has been contrite about his affair with Paula Broadwell, taking full responsibility for it. Phillips indicated Petraeus says the timing of the news regarding his affair has nothing to do with the Benghazi Scandal, and that he insists he never passed classified information to Paula Broadwell.
Here’s an update on the Petraeus Scandal, focusing on interviews given by Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom he had an affair. Petraeus resigned as CIA Director last Friday. Video after the jump. . .
Here is video of Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein saying Gen. David Petraeus will eventually have to testify about the Benghazi Terrorist Attack. Feinstein talked with Andrea Mitchell about how the handling of this entire mess with David Petraeus has been shocking to her, as the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Feinstein indicated she was never alerted by the FBI that an investigation of Petraeus was underway, and is concerned that other officials outside the normal loop of those notified of such matters knew about it before she did. She said Petraeus – who made a trip to Libya to investigate the Benghazi attack – will have to testify to her committee, probably in closed session, “one way or the other.”
Now word is out that the FBI is looking into 20,000-30,000 pages of emails and other documents sent by Gen. John Allen to Jill Kelley, the Florida woman who contacted the FBI after receiving emails from the mistress of CIA Director, Gen. David Petraeus. Allen is the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, and the FBI says these emails and documents contain “inappropriate communication” between Allen and Ms. Kelley.
Top US commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen under investigation for alleged ‘inappropriate communications’ fxn.ws/VZHyHA
Here is a CBS News report on how the affair between Gen. David Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was discovered. Apparently, Broadwell sent jealous emails to another woman – a family friend of Petraeus and his wife – because she thought the woman was getting too close to Petraeus. The emails reportedly said things like, “stay away from my guy.” The woman who received the emails contacted the FBI, and they began an investigation which traced the emails back to Broadwell and uncovered the affair with Petraeus.
Here is video of Charles Krauthammer commenting on the outstanding career of Gen. David Petraeus, pointing out the outstanding job he did in turning the War in Iraq around with the successful Surge. Krauthammer also said he believes the scandal surrounding Petraeus’ resignation because of an affair will actually generate more media interest in the Benghazi Scandal:
“The other thing I would add is what John Bolton said, and I think he’s absolutely right. There is no way that this is going to get in way of the Benghazi story coming out. In an odd way and sort of discouraging way, now that the story is attached to a sex scandal it will become a story that will be pursued by the media. . . They were holding off to protect Obama before and also perhaps out of lack of interest. But just given the nature of our journalism, it will now become the hottest story around. And you can be sure that even the mainstream papers, which did not show any interest whatsoever in this story up until the election, are going to get on it and now it will become — it will unravel.”
Here is video of GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy on with Greta Van Susteren last night to talk about the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus as CIA Director, and its ramifications to the investigation of what happened in the Benghazi Terrorist Attack. Gowdy said his resignation because of an affair has no bearing on whether he will be expected to testify before Congress on Benghazi. In fact, Gowdy said either Petraeus will come voluntarily before the committee or he will be subpoenaed to testify – “But there’s no way we can get to the bottom of Benghazi without David Petraeus.”
Q. Why would Petraeus’ resignation keep him from testifying in Congress next week on Benghazi?
Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein has said she wishes President Obama had not accepted the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus as head of the CIA today. Petraeus resigned today, citing an “extramarital affair” as the reason why:
POLITICO:. . . Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, said she wished President Barack Obama hadn’t accepted Petraeus’s resignation, but she understood the decision.
“At CIA, Director Petraeus gave the agency leadership, stature, prestige and credibility both at home and abroad,” Feinstein said in a statement. “On a personal level, I found his command of intelligence issues second to none.” . . . Read More
I have to say I don’t think you can fault President Obama for accepting Petraeus’ resignation. But I do think Petraeus should be subpoenaed to testify to the Congressional Committee looking into the Benghazi Scandal. At this point, Petraeus is reportedly choosing not to testify next week since he is no longer CIA Director.
Here is video of Time’s Mark Halperin and others on MSNBC speculating as to the circumstances and timing of CIA Director David Petraeus decision to resign over what he described as an “extramarital affair.” Halperin seemed to be speculating there could have been pressure applied to Petraeus to resign before his scheduled testimony next week before Congress on the Benghazi Scandal.
Source: Petraeus will not testify in House Intelligence Committee hearing – bit.ly/VNWWH2
Here is White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today denying that President Obama ever told a fundraiser that Mitt Romney is trying to get CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus as his Vice-Presidential running mate. The Drudge Report reported that story today, but Carney dismissed it by saying, “consider your sources.”