Should Petraeus testify in Benghazi hearings?

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MissyJ's picture
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Should Petraeus testify in Benghazi hearings?

Both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees have scheduled hearings on the attacks in Benghazi. Both had planned on having former CIA Director, General David Petraeus testify.

Following last Friday's announcement of his resignation -- citing a personal indiscretion (affair) -- now instead it was announced that the Acting Director of the CIA, Mike Morrell, will testify instead.

Should Petraeus' resignation over an extra-marital affair prevent him from being able to testify? Should he be issued a subpoena to do so?

Some articles discussing the topic:

Lawmakers press for Petraeus testimony on Libya, despite resignation over affair

Petraeus may be still be called in Senate inquiry on Benghazi
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I need to read the articles about it, but I don't really understand what his affair has to do with his job or with testifying in court. I mean yeah, it doesn't speak well of his character in general that he was having an affair, but unless he was using government money to carry out the affair (like that dude that used tax payer money to take his lover to Brazil or whatever that was :lol:) then I really don't see how his affair is very relevent.

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My feeling is that while I hate that this is a difficult time for him and his family, I cannot see that this should have any bearing to prevent him from testifying within these hearings. He was in charge at that time and should be the one to respond to questions related to the CIA under his watch.

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

I need to read the articles about it, but I don't really understand what his affair has to do with his job or with testifying in court. I mean yeah, it doesn't speak well of his character in general that he was having an affair, but unless he was using government money to carry out the affair (like that dude that used tax payer money to take his lover to Brazil or whatever that was :lol:) then I really don't see how his affair is very relevent.

This is how I feel. I am really unsure of why this is so high profile.

No one gets to be in a position of power then resign and not still be accountable for what might have gone right or wrong under their watch. Goodness when the going gets tough everyone'd resign claiming some personal indiscretions.

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Personally I think the timing is a little fishy. There are many reports that they knew about it for months, but all of a sudden just before he is to testify he suddenly resigns. Yes he should testify.

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Personally, I don't think he chose to resign; I don't think his forced resignation had jack **** to do with the affair; and I think it'll be a cold day in hell if they actually let him testify. I think he's taking the fall for something that he feels obligated to protect and that's all I have to say about that except I feel sorry for his wife for having something that probably wouldn't be newsworthy being blown up in her face to keep someone else out of the hotspot. Bad enough to have your husband cheat on you, bad enough to have the media blow it up, horrible to know they wouldn't care if someone else hadn't have screwed up even worse.

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I believe he should still have to testify.

mom3girls's picture
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Yes he should have to testify, I dont believe he ever actually will

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I think this makes a lot of sense. I think Obama knew all about the affair and held it over his head to keep him from saying anything about Benghazi until after the election.

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