Former CIA director David Petraeus has agreed to testify before Congress regarding the September 11 attack on the US Consulate a the same time a group of Republican senators is requesting a Watergate-style congressional committee to investigate the attack.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated, “Mr. Petraeus has indicated his willingness [to testify].”
USA Today reports that Feinstein did not provide a timetable for when the former general would testify, though it has been reported that he will speak about the attack on Friday. Details for his testimony on the House side are still being worked out.
Petraeus was initially supposed to offer testimony on the Benghazi attack, which left US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others dead, during a closed Senate committee hearing on Thursday.
The former general’s testimony has been up in the air since he resigned from the CIA on Friday, citing an extramarital affair with writer and former Army officer Paula Broadwell. The investigation that has followed has expanded to include General John Allen (the top US commander in Afghanistan), according to ABC News.
While Congress works with Petraeus on whether he will or will not testify in the probe, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has called for a special congressional panel to investigate the attack. McCain stated:
“Four Americans died. The State Department probes the State Department. We want to prove everybody involved, all the way up to and including the president of the United States.”
McCain believes that the probe is necessary to uncover the complete truth of what happened in Benghazi on September 11. Do you believe David Petraeus should testify in the Benghazi probe, despite the fact that he is no longer required to?