Former CIA director David Petraeus, who resigned last week after an FBI investigation revealed that he had been conducting an extramarital affair with his biographer, will voluntarily testify before congressional panels investigating the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, according to a new report from Fox News.
Patraeus was set to testify this week about the attack, which claimed the lives of four Americans including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. But after his resignation, acting CIA Director Mike Morell is set to appear in his place at the closed-door hearing Thursday afternoon.
Well, if he didn’t do it voluntarily, there was a plan to subpoena him anyway. Further down in the same article from The Hill, emphasis mine:
Other Congressional leaders had indicated that they could subpoena Petraeus if he declined to testify. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the president had no say in whether Petraeus should testify.
“Well, I would say two things — one, that it is up to Congress to make decisions about who is called to testify,” Carney said. “But the President is confident that Acting Director Morell is fully informed and capable of representing the CIA in a hearing about the incidents in Benghazi.”
The President has no say in who testifies and is confident in Morrell being “fully informed”? No kidding! Someone is actually “fully informed” on Benghazi in this administration? What a shocker since various tentacles of this administration all are telling variations of what went down there after being busted for lying about a video on YouTube for three weeks and tossing the creator of said video in jail for ‘parole violations’. If one reads that statement from the viewpoint the White House is annoyed Petraeus will indeed testify, then their statement looks more like “Hey, believe Morrell since he’s our guy now.”
Enough with this movie of the week type sideshow. This administration’s penchant for the use of shiny objects to distract from the bigger issues at hand is well-known. The state-run media is only too happy to assist. My instinct is this resignation was not kept from the White House or the President, but held until it was convenient. This administration can’t tell me that Clapper conveniently found out about the investigation and then turned around and asked for the resignation on Election day at 5pm and then didn’t tell the President until the next day. It’s a little bit hard to believe that this administration is trying to suggest that the President would not know that the highest ranking member of the CIA was being asked to resign or, at bare minimum, the fact Petraeus was investigated by the FBI. If it is to be believed that an investigation this big was kept from the President, then who is really running this country? An empty chair?
Sideshows involving twins, shirtless FBI agents and Four Star Generals diddling socialites and novice novelists be damned– FOUR AMERICANS WERE MURDERED and tomorrow, testimony begins whether the President, White House and media like it or not.
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