Republicans: Sooner or later, Petraeus must answer congressional questions on Benghazi

  • **FILE** Holly Knowlton Petraeus holds the family bible as her husband, David Petraeus, is sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as CIA Director on Sept. 6, 2011, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)**FILE** Holly Knowlton Petraeus holds the family bible as her husband, David Petraeus, is sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as CIA Director on Sept. 6, 2011, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)
  • This July 13, 2011, photo made available on the International Security Assistance Force's Flickr website shows the former Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Davis Petraeus, left, shaking hands with Paula Broadwell, co-author of "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus."As details emerge about Petraeus' extramarital affair with his biographer, Broadwell, including a second woman who allegedly received threatening emails from the author, members of Congress say they want to know exactly when the now ex-CIA director and retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren't told sooner. (AP Photo/ISAF)This July 13, 2011, photo made available on the International Security Assistance Force's Flickr website shows the former Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Davis Petraeus, left, shaking hands with Paula Broadwell, co-author of "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus."As details emerge about Petraeus' extramarital affair with his biographer, Broadwell, including a second woman who allegedly received threatening emails from the author, members of Congress say they want to know exactly when the now ex-CIA director and retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren't told sooner. (AP Photo/ISAF)
  • **FILE** CIA Director David Petraeus testifies  Feb. 2, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)**FILE** CIA Director David Petraeus testifies Feb. 2, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** Gen. David Petraeus is seen in Washington on March 18, 2011. (Associated Press)**FILE** Gen. David Petraeus is seen in Washington on March 18, 2011. (Associated Press)
  • From left: Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, CIA Director David Petraeus and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testify on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 2, 2012, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. (Associated Press)From left: Defense Intelligence Agency Director ArmyLt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, CIA Director David Petraeus and Director of National IntelligenceJames Clapper testify on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 2, 2012, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** President Obama listens as CIA Director David Petraeus makes a point during a national security meeting in the Situation Room of the White House. (Rex Features via Associated Press)**FILE** President Obama listens as CIA Director David Petraeus makes a point during a national security meeting in the Situation Room of the White House. (Rex Features via Associated Press)
  • President Obama, accompanied by his national security team, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on April 28, 2011. From left are, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Vice President Joe Biden; outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates; the president, Defense Secretary-nominee Leon Panetta; CIA Director-nominee Gen. David Petraeus; and top commander-designate for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan-designate Ryan Crocker. (Associated Press)President Obama, accompanied by his national security team, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on April 28, 2011. From left are, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Vice President Joe Biden; outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates; the president, Defense Secretary-nominee Leon Panetta; CIA Director-nominee Gen. David Petraeus; and top commander-designate for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan-designate Ryan Crocker. (Associated Press)
  • Vice President Joe Biden (center) talks Sept., 6, 2011, with John Brennan (left), President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, and CIA director David Petraeus following a swearing-in ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)Vice President Joe Biden (center) talks Sept., 6, 2011, with John Brennan (left), President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, and CIA director David Petraeus following a swearing-in ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** Davis Petraeus, former Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan general, stands with his wife, Holly, as he participates in an Armed Forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony on Aug. 31, 2011, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va. (Associated Press)**FILE** Davis Petraeus, former Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan general, stands with his wife, Holly, as he participates in an Armed Forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony on Aug. 31, 2011, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** CIA Director-nominee Gen. David Petraeus (second from left) looks on as President Obama speaks on April 27, 2011, during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Far right is U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan-designate Ray Crocker. (Associated Press)**FILE** CIA Director-nominee Gen. David Petraeus (second from left) looks on as President Obama speaks on April 27, 2011, during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Far right is U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan-designate Ray Crocker. (Associated Press)

Mr. King and other Republicans joined Democrats in praising the general’s service to the country.

In a statement from the White House, President Obama said Mr. Petraeus, who took over as CIA director in September 2011, had provided “extraordinary service to the United States for decades” and had given a lifetime of service that “made our country safer and stronger.”

The general, considered one of the nation’s smartest and most capable military men, is credited with salvaging the Iraq war.

“His inspirational leadership and his genius were directly responsible – after years of failure – for the success of the surge in Iraq,” Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said Friday.

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