Feinstein: Petraeus willing to testify on Benghazi

This September 13, 2011 file photo shows Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus (right), and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper at a House Select Intelligence Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee joint hearing in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Former CIA Director David Petraeus has indicated a willingness to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to the head of the committee, though it has not been decided when he will testify.

"He is very willing and interested in talking to the committee," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said to reporters today. "It's just on Benghazi. Our hearings are on Benghazi and the intelligence that preceded Benghazi and the intelligence that determined the security."

Petraeus was originally scheduled to testify before the committee in a closed hearing this week since he gave the orders in September to send a CIA team into Benghazi in a vain attempt to rescue Americans. Two members of that team were killed on that mission. However, it became unclear whether Petraeus would testify after he abruptly resigned from his position as CIA director on Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair.

Yesterday, acting CIA Director Michael Morell and State Department officials briefed some members of Congress in a closed briefing, while today House Intelligence Committee members are being briefed by both the FBI and the CIA.

Comments