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David Petraeus affair: Congress still wants him to testify, as questions grow

David Petraeus will not appear before Congress this week about the attack in Benghazi, Libya. But as more revelations come out about his affair, lawmakers say they still want to hear from him at some point.

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Broadwell also suggests in her Denver speech that Petraeus knew almost immediately that the Benghazi assault was a terrorist attack, even though Petraeus would testify to members of Congress in a closed session a few days after the attack that it was in large part the result of ire over an anti-Islam video that had touched off anti-US demonstrations in Cairo and elsewhere.

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So did Petraeus mislead members of Congress? That is just one of many questions that a number of senators and members of the House say they expect to have for the former CIA director even after hearings this week that will now be attended by Michael Morell, acting CIA director.

Mr. Morell – a career intelligence officer who already last year briefly took on the “acting director” role after Leon Panetta’s departure for the Pentagon – is scheduled to discuss the investigation that led to Petraeus’s resignation with members of Congress on Wednesday. Also expected to attend that hearing is FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce, since it was an FBI investigation that first turned up evidence of Petraeus's affair – reportedly several months ago. Members of Congress want to know why the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not inform them of a potential national security breach earlier.

On Thursday, Morell is set to testify before Senate and House intelligence committees on the CIA’s role in responding to the Benghazi attack.

But many members of Congress say they are still likely to demand an appearance by Petraeus before too long. Calling Petraeus’s testimony “essential” to the Benghazi investigation, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” "I don't see how in the world you can find out what happened in Benghazi before, during, and after the attack if General Petraeus doesn't testify."


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