Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees looking into what happened during the September 11 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
General Petraeus was set to testify this Thursday at the hearings before the revelation of an extramarital affair forced him to step down last Friday. After his resignation, there was serious doubt he would give testimony.
Now, FOX News reports General Petraeus will testify. He expected to speak off-site to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday, and the House side is still being worked out.
The terrorist attack on the embassy has derailed many of the Obama administration’s foreign policy achievements. After the administration initially blamed an anti-Muslim film for sparking demonstrations that led to the attack, it was later revealed that terrorist group Al Queada planned the assault to coincide with the anniversary of September 11, 2001.
A blame game quickly erupted after the revelation, with the Obama administration blaming the CIA for refusing aid to the besieged embassy. The spy agency denied the charges, directly contradicting the White House. Two of the Americans killed during the attack were later revealed to be CIA agents, as were a large number of Americans on the ground at the site.
Congressional hearings in October revealed that not only was the State Department aware of several requests for increased security in Benghazi, the department rejected them.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took “full responsibility” on October 16 for intelligence bungling that led to the Americans’ deaths. She will not testify at the hearings due to being “out of country” at the time, according to a department spokesperson.
General Petraeus conducted his own personal investigation of the attack, traveling to Benghazi and personally questioning the CIA station chief and other CIA personnel who were on hand during the attack.