Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify about the Libya terror attack before the House and Senate intelligence committees, Fox News has learned.
Petraeus had originally been scheduled to testify this Thursday on the burgeoning controversy over the deadly Sept. 11 attack. That appearance was scuttled, though, after the director abruptly resigned over an extramarital affair.
The resignation has since expanded into a sprawling scandal that now includes allegations that Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, exchanged “inappropriate” and sexually charged emails with Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite linked to the Petraeus case. The rapid developments in the case have all but obscured what until last week was an intense debate on Capitol Hill and beyond over the Benghazi terror attack.
After Petraeus’ resignation, lawmakers complained that the scandal was no reason they shouldn’t hear from the man at the helm of the CIA when CIA operatives came under attack alongside State Department employees in Benghazi last month.
The logistics of Petraeus’ appearance are still being worked out. But a source close to Petraeus said the former four-star general has contacted the CIA, as well as committees in both the House and Senate, to offer his testimony as the former CIA director.
Fox News has learned he is expected to speak off-site to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday about his Libya report. The House side is still being worked out.
This could be big news. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but the theory being floated is that Petraeus was confronted over his affair months ago and was given the opportunity to keep his job if he played ball with the Obama campaign: He backs up Obama’s version of events and he gets to stay on as CIA Director. Thus Petraeus deliberately gave false testimony on September 14th when he peddled Obama’s demonstrably false narrative about the attacks being precipitated by a cheesy YouTube video trailer that nobody had ever heard of, let alone seen. Then, the theory goes, on the day after the election when Petraeus was no longer needed by the White House, the hammer was dropped. If there’s any truth to this, Obama’s in deep trouble. I doubt even his sycophants in the mainstream media will be able protect him from that. Charles Krauthammer, hardly someone who’s known for wearing a tin foil hat, connects the dots:
This is going to get very interesting. Especially if Petraeus’ testimony is made public. I bet the Romney camp is kicking themselves for giving Obama a pass on Benghazi at the third debate.
Update: Via CNS. Yesterday, in response to media inquiries on the escalating scandal, Jay Carney passed the buck to different governmental agencies 10 times in 10 minutes: