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Petraeus will testify on Benghazi


Former CIA Director David Petraeus agreed on November 14, 2012, to testify in front of a Senate intelligence panel concerning the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi in September. No date has been set for his testimony.



Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify in front of Congress about the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, said Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday.

Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that Petraeus, who resigned from his post last Friday due to an extramarital affair, had indicated his willingness to testify about the attacks that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans, according to the Associated Press.

"He is very willing and interested in talking to the committee," she said, though no date has been set for his testimony. He was originally slated to testify on Thursday, before his resignation.

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The Daily Beast suggested that the congressional committees will also push to see the report from Petraeus' visit to Benghazi last month. A Senate staffer who works on intelligence issues told The Daily Beast that the CIA informed the Senate Intelligence Committee that the report has not yet been processed.

Petraeus' visit to Libya is likely the reason why both Democrats and Republicans insisted that he testify on Benghazi, even after his resignation. Interim CIA Director Michael Morrell testified before a Senate intelligence panel on Tuesday, in a closed-door session.

ABC News reported that Petraeus is also likely to be asked about new allegations that his alleged mistress, Paula Broadwell, reportedly stored classified military material at her home. The matter is complicated by the fact that Broadwell does have security clearance as an intelligence officer.

A source familiar with the case told ABC News that Broadwell admitted to taking the documents from secure government buildings. Federal agents were at her home on Monday night to take documents back, in what is being reported as a pre-arranged meeting.

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