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No Benghazi Testimony From Petraeus, Hillary

From the Washington Times:

Congress’ questions for Petraeus will have to wait

By Shaun Waterman | Sun November 11, 2012

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have questions for former CIA Director David H. Petraeus about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, his recently disclosed extramarital affair and other issues — but their queries will have to wait for a later date.

Acting CIA Director Michael Morrell will testify Thursday in closed-door hearings of the Senate and House intelligence committees instead of Mr. Petraeus, who resigned abruptly last week after admitting he had an extramarital affair.

Congressional leaders said they want to know when the FBI uncovered Mr. Petraeus‘ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, during its investigation of threatening emails to a woman close to the former CIA chief, whether national security was compromised, and why the FBI didn’t notify Congress sooner about the affair.

Other reports indicate that the FBI discovered this last summer, and some say as early as last May. (The ‘harassing emails’ started in May, according to the Wall Street Journal.)

“The FBI has briefed me now. I actually wish we had been briefed a little bit earlier. … We received no advanced notice. It was like a lightning bolt,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat and chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told “Fox News Sunday.”

Senator Feinstein always seems to be the last to know anything. But always the first to forgive the Obama campaign.

A senior U.S. military official identified the second woman as Jill Kelley, 37, who lives in Tampa, Fla., and serves as the State Department’s liaison to the military’s Joint Special Operations Command, where work on secret drone missions and other duties are performed, The Associated Press reported.

In fact, the AP is now reporting that Mrs. Kelley is an unpaid social liaison to the military’s Joint Special Operations Command with no official government employment. Which is peculiar in its own right.

The military official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly, said Mrs. Kelley received harassing emails from Mrs. Broadwell, which led the FBI to examine her email account and eventually discover her relationship with Mr. Petraeus.

In fact, it is being currently reported by Fox News that these harassing emails might not have come from Mrs. Broadwell, after all.

A friend of Mrs. Kelley and Mr. Petraeus, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, also said the two saw each other often, but the nature of their friendship was unclear…

Mr. Petraeus, who turned 60 on Wednesday, tendered his resignation Thursday to President Obama, and informed CIA employees of his action — and his affair — on Friday…

Timing!

Intelligence committee leaders will question Mr. Morrell and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce about Mr. Petraeus‘ affair during meetings Wednesday, a day before the closed-door hearing at which Mr. Petraeus originally was scheduled to appear.

Congressional leaders indicated that they still might call on Mr. Petraeus to testify eventually.

“I would not rule out Gen. Petraeus being called to testify. That still could happen at some point in time,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican and vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I don’t see how in the world you can find out what happened in Benghazi before, during and after the attack if Gen. Petraeus doesn’t testify,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

One former senior congressional staffer, who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of current employers, told The Washington Times that Mr. Petraeus would be “duty-bound” to testify, even as a private citizen.

“He is still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He could be asked to testify as a former senior official, and if he refuses — which I don’t think he would — he could be subpoenaed,” said the staffer, who is the director of a House subcommittee…

Mrs. Feinstein also ruled out any connection between Mr. Petraeus‘ resignation and its postelection disclosure, and political fallout from the Benghazi incident…

There was “absolutely not” any connection to Benghazi, Mrs. Feinstein said. “And, I think if you really think this thing out, you will — everybody will come to that same conclusion.” …

Well, if the brilliant Mrs. Feinstein says so, then that’s settled.

But Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the details leaked to the media so far do not makes sense to him.

“It seems this [investigation] has been going on for several months, and yet now it appears that they’re saying the FBI did not realize until Election Day that Gen. Petraeus was involved. It just doesn’t add up,” said Mr. King, who also is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “I have real questions about this. I think the timeline has to be looked at.” …

Those Republicans are so evil minded.

Mr. Petraeus has been married 38 years to Holly Petraeus, with whom he has two adult children, including a son who led an infantry platoon in Afghanistan as an Army lieutenant…

For the record, back in January 2011, Mrs. Petraeus was chosen by Elizabeth Warren for a top position at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was set up by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill.

But we’re sure that’s just a coincidence.

From the Washington Examiner:

House asks Clinton to testify on Benghazi, but she declines due to scheduling conflict

By Joel Gehrke | November 10, 2012

House investigators asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify next week about the September 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, but she declined citing a scheduling conflict.

“[Clinton] was asked to appear at House Foreign Affairs next week, and we have written back to the Chairman to say that she’ll be on travel next week,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters yesterday. “She has a commitment with the Secretary of Defense to the AUSMIN Ministerial.” …

Note that Mrs. Clinton, in typical fashion, is getting as far away from Washington, DC as physically possible.

“AUSMIN is the highest level forum for Australia and US consultation on foreign policy, defense and strategic issues.”

The United States is reportedly concerned about Australia’s plan to cut their defense spending…

What a laugh, given that the Obama administration is gutting our own defense spending by at least one trillion dollars.

But, yes, US and Australian relations must not be put at risk. They must take priority over finding out what happened in Benghazi.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, November 12th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “No Benghazi Testimony From Petraeus, Hillary”

  1. mr_bill

    B.J. Clinton didn’t have to step down after his affair was disclosed, even after he was impeached for perjury. But Petraeus must step down immediately, before he can possibly testify on the actual goings on of the administration in Benghazi?

    Something doesn’t add up here: A 4 star general just got outflanked, easily, and apparently didn’t see it coming or didn’t care. CIA director caught having an affair? Please, that’s the kind of thing that happens to rookie field agents. There are a lot more layers to this cake…

  2. GetBackJack

    Told ya.

    Neither will ever testify.

    Congress has become impotent limp richards unless it is to spend and or raise taxes.

    • canary

      I agreed, but don’t see their dismissal keeping them from testifying.

      Republicans need to demand Benghazi Gate. They need to impeach Obama. Convince Biden to focus on soldiers that served, got lost, and died in Iran in the last few years.




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