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Petraeus to testify before Congress on Benghazi attack
Question of the Day
Former CIA Director David H. Petraeus has agreed to testify before Congress about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Mr. Petraeus will testify before the House Select Intelligence Committee on Friday about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The hearing will be closed to the public, according to a news release by the panel.
Mr. Petraeus had cancelled his scheduled appearance before the Senate panel on Thursday after he resigned as CIA director on Friday amid revelations he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
Lawmakers will focus what the CIA knew before, during and after the Benghazi attack, and whether its account differs from that of the White House.
However, they also are likely to ask about his affair, whether it compromised national security and whether he disclosed any classified information to Mrs. Broadwell.
During an Oct. 26 speech at the University of Colorado, Mrs. Broadwell talked about the Benghazi attack and suggested it was an attempt to free militants being held in the CIA's annex building. U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack.
The FBI also found classified material on Mrs. Broadwell's computer, but she has said she did not receive it from Mr. Petraeus.
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Kristina Wong is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering defense, foreign policy and intelligence affairs. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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