Former CIA director David H. Petraeus to testify before Congress on Benghazi attack
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Former CIA director David H. Petraeus is attending Thursday’s closed-door congressional investigation of the Benghazi consulate attack on Sept. 11, according to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
Feinstein told reporters Wednesday that Petraeus is willing to testify before her committee. He is also expected to appear in a separate hearing by the House intelligence committee on Thursday, but Susan Phalen, spokeswoman for the House Intelligence Committee, said his appearance is not yet confirmed.
Congress is seeking the truth and possible cover-up by White House on the Benghazi attack that killed ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The government initially blamed the attack to protesters of an anti-Islam video made in the U.S., but later said terrorists were to blame.
Petraeus’ appointments with the two committees were scheduled before he resigned Friday over an alleged extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
Reporters are expected to be waiting for Petraeus at the Capitol Hill to ask him if the affair exposed classified information from the CIA. FBI agents swooped down on Broadwell’s North Carolina home Monday and seized secret military documents.
Acting CIA Director Michael Morell is also expected to appear in the congressional investigations.