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“I don’t think anyone is suggesting these were nice guys who loved America before they saw the video,” the official said of the Libyan attackers. “But there was a lot of evidence to suggest that the timing of the attack might have been suggested because of the protests in Cairo.”

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, called the Mr. Petraeus‘ briefing “comprehensive” and “added to our ability to make judgments about what is clearly a failure of intelligence.”

Lawmakers who attended both briefings said Mr. Petraeus opened his remarks by briefly mentioning the extramarital affair that lead to his resignation last week, but that the incident otherwise wasn’t discussed.