Benghazi Investigation. Investigators “frustrated” by State Departments failure to cooperate. Senator calls Petraeus testimony “essential”.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus and US State Department Hillary Clinton will not testify at Congressional hearings on Benghazi. Clinton has too busy of a schedule and the Petraeus extramarital affair investigation is taking priority.
America was attacked in Benghazi, Libya and four Americans were murdered on September 11. Congressional Hearings are set for Benghazi investigation this week.
House Foreign Affairs investigators asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify. She refused due to scheduling conflict.
The media questioned State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland Friday November 9 about Clinton and the hearings. Transcript follows
QUESTION: Victoria, will the Secretary (Hillary Clinton) be appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee next week?
MS. NULAND: I spoke to that about 15 minutes ago.
QUESTION: Oh, sorry. It’s just been posted on their website.
MS. NULAND: She is traveling next week, as you know. We just put out a message. So she will not appear, but we – I did give a list, at the top of this, of multiple briefings and hearings where Pat Kennedy will be appearing.
QUESTION: So just to make 100 percent sure, the Secretary is not going to interrupt her trip to come back and testify?
MS. NULAND: She has a commitment with the Secretary of Defense to the AUSMIN Ministerial. So —
QUESTION: And doesn’t she also have a commitment with the President to go to certain other countries in the region?
MS. NULAND: She does. Was that the – okay. Sounds like the President’s going to come out, so we can do the rest of this in gaggle format afterwards. Thanks.
Benghazi Investigation: Frustration from Investigators
The Washington Examiner writes that, “House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., has been frustrated with the State Department’s failure to provide information that she has requested.”
“While I understand that investigations by the FBI and the State Department’s own Accountability Review Board are ongoing, it is imperative that this Committee, having direct oversight responsibility, be kept informed every step of the way of developments in the matter,” Ros-Lehtinen wrote Clinton on November 7th. “[P]lease be prepared to present State Department officials to testify on these issues when Congress reconvenes later this month,” according to the Washington Examiner
Benghazi Investigation: Extramarital Affair takes Priority
Former CIA Director David Petraeus, who just weeks created controversy for the President when he said about Benghazi, “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate, ” is not going to testify either. The investigation into his extramarital affair is taking priority over the investigation into the murders at Benghazi.
“Acting CIA Director Michael Morrell will testify Thursday in closed-door hearings of the Senate and House intelligence committees instead of Mr. Petraeus, who resigned abruptly last week after admitting he had an extramarital affair,” according to the Washington Times
Benghazi Investigation: Petraeus Testimony “Essential
The Hill writes, “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said that former CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned Friday, might still need to testify before Congress about the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Graham called Petraeus’s testimony “essential” to understanding what happened in Libya during the attack.
“I don’t see how in the world you can find out what happened in Benghazi before, during, and after the attack if Gen. Petraeus doesn’t testify,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” according to The Hill
Benghazi Investigation: Chris Wallace Poignant Question to Senator Feinstein
Chris Wallace host of “Fox News Sunday” interviewed Senator Dianne Feinstein yesterday (Sunday, November 11). Wallace asked Feinstein about the Benghazi investigation, “One, are you going to insist on hearing from Petraeus at some point and, secondly, do you think there is any link between his resignation and the events in Benghazi?
Senator Dianne Feinstein: “On the events in Benghazi, and his resignation, absolutely not. And, I think if you really think this thing out, you — everybody will couple to that same conclusion. So, that’s that. With respect to calling Director Petraeus or former Director Petraeus, before the committee, that will be a committee decision. The hearing will begin with the DNI, Jim Clapper and Mike Morell, who is now acting Director of the CIA, and Matt Olsen of the Counterterrorism Center.
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