Congress says they still want to want to hear from resigned CIA Director David Petraeus about the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
Petraeus had been scheduled to testify on Thursday, but Deputy Mike Morell will be doing so after Petraeus’ resignation due to an extramarital affair. Meanwhile, a question has arisen as to whether Petraeus’ affair with biographer Paula Broadwell also involved a breach of national security.
CNN reports that an FBI employee told House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about Petraeus’ affair in October. Broadwell acknowledged the affair to the FBI late in October, and she voluntarily gave them her computer, according to a government official. Agents found several classified documents on her computer, according to The New York Times, but Petraeus denied giving them to her.
Law enforcement officials determined that no crime had been committed and filed no immediate charges. The FBI then notified director of national intelligence James Clapper at about 5 p.m. on Election Day.
But when she was asked about Petraeus’ role in Benghazi at the University of Denver, Broadwell said, according to CBS News, "I don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to get these prisoners back. That's still being vetted."
The CIA has denied Broadwell’s remarks.
U.S. Representative Peter King, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, questioned why it took so long for the FBI to inform President Barack Obama about the Petraeus scandal. According to a Reuters report in the Chicago Tribune, King said, “Obviously this was a matter involving a potential compromise of security and the president should have been told at the earliest stage."
The New York Times reported that the FBI began investigating Petraeus last summer after learning that Jill Kelley claimed to have received threatening e-mails from Broadwell, allegedly telling her to stay away from Petraeus. Kelley, 37, is a social liaision for the Air Force base in Tampa, Florida. She is married to a surgeon and has been a friend of the Petraeus family for more than five years.
According to an Associated Press report on Star-Telegram.com, Petraeus has been married for 38 years to his wife Holly, and has two adult children. Broadwell, 40, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, is married to a radiologist and has two boys.