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February 3, 2023

Ex-CIA Chief Petraeus to testify about Benghazi attack

Former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify before a congressional committee this week about the deadly September 11th attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the Voice of America informs. Petraeus will appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed door session on Friday, exactly one week after he resigned after an FBI investigation uncovered his extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and raised concerns about a possible breach of national security. Petraeus will discuss his trip to Libya to investigate the attack, which led to deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomatic officials. He has also agreed to appear before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee; the chairman of the panel, Senator Diane Feinstein, says his testimony has not been scheduled. Petraeus was scheduled to testify this week before the Senate committee before he abruptly resigned. Acting CIA Director Michael Morell will testify in Petraeus’s place before the Senate committee Thursday, along with national intelligence director James Clapper.  Many lawmakers have raised concerns about whether there was adequate security at the consulate, and if the Obama administration attempted to conceal information to avoid any embarrassment before the November 7th presidential election. President Barack Obama addressed the September attack during his press conference Wednesday. The president angrily spoke out against what he termed “outrageous” criticism by Republican lawmakers against the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, who has come under fire over comments she made following the attack. Obama said she has done “exemplary” work representing U.S. interests with skill. The president did not say if he planned to pick her to replace Hillary Clinton as U.S. secretary of state.

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