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#Benghazi: Petraeus reported to testify despite resignation

The Hill:

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.

Related Reading:

Both Petraeus and Allen helped in Kelley’s sister’s Custody battle – NY Post

Althouse has more comments on the NY Post piece.

Obama eyes John Kerry for Defense Secretary – WaPo Continue reading

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Broadwell-Petraeus Affair Just Went Movie Of The Week

Just a day ago I was hoping this thing didn’t turn into a cheesy soap opera or an episode of The Jersey Shore meets Army Wives. Too late.

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We’ve got a married woman from Tampa described as an ‘unpaid social liaison’ that in reality looks more like ‘paid liaison’ from Jersey, an FBI agent has been removed from the investigation after it came out he had been sending pictures of himself shirtless to said ‘unpaid liaison’ and a second General now caught up in the mix. The Feds raided Broadwell’s home last night, but wouldn’t say what they were looking for. Maybe they were looking for even more of a paper trail than the harassing emails Broadwell sent to the unpaid liaison, Kelley. Petraeus says he was shocked to learn Broadwell had been threatening Kelley. Fun fact – Broadwell lives only about 15 miles away from John Edward’s mistress, Rielle Hunter. Holly Petraeus is understandably furious. Fire up that lawyer, Holly

No one seems interested that this investigation wrapped up 4 days before the election. I wrote yesterday about who knew what and when and I stand by my doubt that the President did not know prior to the election.

Meanwhile regarding the real story – Benghazi, the CIA and FBI timelines don’t match up. No one seems to care much about that or Petraeus’ statements on Benghazi changing.

The Hearings are two days away. Keep hyping up the Petraeus affair, Media. You’ve almost got it loud enough to drown out what will be revealed at them. Continue reading

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#Benghazi, Petraeus: Who Knew and When

Unlike the drip-drip-drip with Benaghazi, the media has turned the spigot on full blast with the Broadwell-Petraeus affair. CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC and FOX all displayed the affair as their top story this morning. Benghazi? Not so much.  It would … Continue reading

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Petraeus, Clapper and Timing

Does anyone else find it a bit weird Clapper urged him to resign but yet ‘official sources’ are saying there was no evidence of blackmail or related vulnerability?
Clapper still has to testify and apparently, so will Petraeus if we go by Rep. Gowdy’s statements. So, why urge him to resign? Clinton went through an impeachment and didn’t resign. There has to be more to it.

Reuters via Yahoo:

Director Clapper, as a friend and a colleague and a fellow general officer, advised Director Petraeus that he should do the right thing and he should step down,” the official said.

Clapper is a retired Air Force lieutenant general; Petraeus served nearly four decades in the U.S. Army.

On Wednesday, Clapper notified the National Security Council at the White House that Petraeus was considering resigning and President Barack Obama should be informed, the official said.

U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials agreed to discuss the Petraeus matter only on condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity and because it is the subject of a law enforcement investigation.

Once Petraeus’ name turned up in the investigation, the importance of the FBI inquiry was immediately escalated, as investigators became concerned the CIA chief somehow might have been compromised, the law enforcement official said.

However, the official and two sources briefed on the matter said no evidence has turned up suggesting Petraeus had become vulnerable to espionage or blackmail. At this point, it appears unlikely that anyone will be charged with a crime as a result of the investigation, the official said.

There seems to be a lot of concern and stressing that the White House had no knowledge of this investigation. I don’t know if I buy that.

From the same article:

Several officials briefed on the matter said senior officials at the Pentagon, CIA and Congress knew nothing of the FBI’s investigation of Petraeus until Thursday afternoon at the earliest, and some key officials were not briefed on the details until Friday.

There is no evidence at this time that anyone at the White House had knowledge of the situation involving Petraeus prior to the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, which saw Obama elected to a second four-year term.

The FBI was conducting an investigation regarding the CIA on one of the most well known and visible former Military we have and NO ONE ELSE KNEW? You’re kidding me, right? Who knows if this is related, but the timing is uncanny. Continue reading

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#Benghazi: Leaks, Resignations and More Questions

Well, the election is over and Benghazi is still here. I’m taking a break from full time blogging, but Benghazi is something I cannot let go without comment nor should any other American out there. We’re being lied to both by this administration and by the media. Having said that, we’ve had some interesting revelations in the last few days.

Days before the election, CBS admits they held back comments made by President Obama in an interview for 60 minutes given the day after the attacks (9/12). Breitbart via Powerline:

Over at the Breitbart portal, Joel Pollak writes about footage from the 9/12 60 Minutes interview with Barack Obama that CBS left on the cutting room floor until this week. Like so much of the media formerly known as mainstream, CBS News is a hotbed of rabid leftists carefully reporting all the news that fits. At 60 Minutes, the situation is reductio ad absurdum. As Sarah Hoyt observes: “Whether we win or lose, we must make sure the mainstream media are done. The [D]emocrats can pay for their own operatives.”

Even more worthy of note is the stark relief in which this footage places Obama’s continuing liberties with the truth. As Obama’s foremost campaign surrogate put it yesterday: “Who wants a president who will knowingly, repeatedly tell you something he knows isn’t true?” (Dr. Krauthammer, call your office.)

I am taking the liberty of posting Pollak’s report below for the record. Pollak writes:

In an astonishing display of media malpractice, CBS News quietly released proof–two days before the election, far too late to reach the media and the public–that President Barack Obama lied to the public about the Benghazi attack, as well as about his later claim to have called the attack “terrorism” from the beginning.

CBS unveiled additional footage from its 60 Minutes interview with President Obama, conducted on Sep. 12 immediately after Obama had made his statement about the attacks in the Rose Garden, in which Obama quite clearly refuses to call the Benghazi an act of terror when asked a direct question by reporter Steve Kroft:

KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya Attack, do you believe that this was a terrorism attack?

OBAMA: Well it’s too early to tell exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.

CBS covered for the President. I am sure other outlets did as well. There is no other way to look at this. Hoyt is correct and I’ve already issued this as one of two things I will be pursuing in 2013: Media Bias.

I do not think CBS is alone in this. I think CNN has more to tell as I’ve written before. We also now have an investigation into information leaked to the NY Times:

It’s also starting to look a bit like the Obama administration was running a Middle East version of Fast and Furious; running guns to rebels, specifically in Syria.

Moving on to the upcoming hearings… Continue reading

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