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ABC: Petraeus conducted own investigation in Benghazi after attack
Hotair ^ | 11/13/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 11/13/2012 12:11:01 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Yesterday, Dianne Feinstein threatened to subpoena the CIA over a trip report from David Petraeus that he allegedly wrote after a personal trip to Benghazi after the terrorist attack that killed four Americans. Today, ABC News reports that Petraeus' visit to Libya was no mere observational tour. The then-Director of Central Intelligence conducted his own interviews with personnel on the ground in Libya in preparation for testimony that has now been cancelled:

In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

While in Tripoli, he personally questioned the CIA station chief and other CIA personnel who were in Benghazi on Sept. 11 when the attack occurred.

The Libya stop was part of a six nation trip to the region. Petraeus intended the review as a way to prepare for his upcoming testimony before Congress on Benghazi.

"He was looking forward to testifying," a Petraeus friend told ABC News. “He wanted to be fully prepared.”

This makes the decision to withdraw Petraeus from the hearing even more curious. According to their source, Petraeus thinks that acting DCI Michael Morrell can testify to Petraeus’ findings and add more of his own, plus Petraeus wants to avoid a “media circus” after the revelation of his affair.

However, while that may be understandable, those reasons aren’t enough to deprive the committees of his personal perspectives. Petraeus has years of hands-on experience dealing with terrorist networks as a military commander. Morell has over 30 years’ experience in the CIA and can obviously give a good accounting of the intelligence, but doesn’t have Petraeus’ insight. Plus, after having personally conducted the reviews in Libya, Congress needs Petraeus to expand past whatever made it into his trip report — the very document that the CIA is now reluctant to share with Feinstein and other Congressional investigators.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 201210; benghazi; feinstein; investigation; libya; petraeus; petraeusbenghazitrip
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

with this admin nothing makes sense and yet they keep lying and the media keeps covering for them.

The election results don;t add up
Libya doens;t add up
fast and furious doesn;t add up

the list is endless but the media covers for this corrupt admin and obama and those on the fringe left still keep using their NAZI thuggery and tactics to silence people

41 posted on 11/13/2012 2:21:18 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Vendome

They met in 2006; the when is being investigated.

42 posted on 11/13/2012 2:22:24 PM PST by Mike Darancette (I don't understand why the Boomers are so passive.)
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To: Mike Darancette

I’m just taking Patraeus at his word.that he was the shy, silent type who took 6 years to act on his impulse.

Breedwell was patient, if anything, as she waited to ensare him.

43 posted on 11/13/2012 2:36:00 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: baddog 219

said exactly the same to another freeper, he wants to use this to get rid of the Generals wwho might oppose his homo cross dressing his social justice agenda for the miltiary and replace them with PC homosexual minority officers.

That way he can keep control either by the courts or his civilian security force and if that does not work then he has the military.

We have a NAZI election, results not making sense, judges being put on a bench who are radical and he already has his LA Raza, ACORN, he just needs to increase immigration to make the numbers up for his”civilian security force”

Look at the guy who made the video , that guy is still in jail.

Don;t think the radcial left will just stop now and it can;t happen here, it already is.

44 posted on 11/13/2012 2:38:54 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: bgill

Personal tells me he went himself, at his own discretion, but using his authority as head of the CIA and using government transportation, security, etc.

“Personal” does not imply to me that this was done on his dime, as a private citizen. It would make no sense to do so, and I doubt the Director of the CIA even would be permitted to do such a thing to a place like Libya.

We are parsing vague descriptions, but I don’t see any reason to take the limited words so far available beyond what is plausible.

45 posted on 11/13/2012 3:02:52 PM PST by buwaya
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To: txrefugee
The House absolutely must subpoena Petreus so they can get his report

Agree, but let's have the House subpoena Hillary and get her testimony first, so that her lies will sink her and obama.

46 posted on 11/13/2012 3:06:50 PM PST by Sirius Lee (RE SP - Republicans, from Mitt Romney Karl Rove... are said to be concerned she will win.")
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To: Mike Darancette

Well, the FBI ran an operation against Cheney, but all they got was his chief of staff, and not for the supposed reasons of the investigation, but because his testimony differed from a liberal reporter, who coincidentally had a friend on the jury.

47 posted on 11/13/2012 6:10:46 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: littleharbour

Obama’s the only one who had the ability to stop both the CIA AND the military from acting.

48 posted on 11/13/2012 6:13:51 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Just mythoughts

Petreaus would assume the Intel committee and President knew all along.

49 posted on 11/13/2012 6:18:44 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

The failure to supply requested security - even pulling the security they had- is definitely Hillary’s responsibility unless she kicked it up to a higher authority, of which tere is only Obama, and yes, it is why she ran for the border.

50 posted on 11/13/2012 6:25:20 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: bgill; TigersEye
If he did it on his own dime and time that would explain the Obama panick-and-smear reaction, once it was discovered. Obama would take an unofficial trip as an effort to go behind his back, meaning, he would immediately assume the general was thinking about not "playing ball" with the administration.

Obama's desperate and angry demeanor during the campaign and even his and Valerie Jarrett's mystifying last minute threat of REVENGE made no sense in the context of a race with Romeny, who had done nothing personal to Obama; his anger and bile was what we took as evidence that Obama knew he was going to lose the election. But there may very well have another explanation in which the revenge comments make perfect sense . That wasn't a defeated Obama we were seeing, that was probably the Obama who had found out about the trip and just realized that his CIA chief wasn't going to go with the plan.

What we are seeing now is part of Obama's promised REVENGE.

51 posted on 11/13/2012 6:46:28 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Sirius Lee

Yes - get Hillary under oath FIRST, then let Petraeus testify to the truth and knowledge she and Obama had, and the actions they both took and failed to take. If he survives that long. Hopefully he’s recording testimony that can surface in the event of a tragedy.

52 posted on 11/13/2012 7:41:09 PM PST by LibertyOh
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To: txrefugee
The House absolutely must subpoena Petraeus so they can get his report.

If Petraeus doesn't testify, the whole Benghazi episode will forever have attached to it the unmistakeable reek of a coverup.

Absent Petraeus's testimony, Congressional hearings on the Benghazi debacle would have no validity. To omit Petraeus's testimony is absurd on it's face.

If Congress can't show some balls on this issue, it's going to be a long four years, because, for the good of the country, this administration needs to be held accountable. The only political entity that can accomplish that is this GOP Congress.

In other words, we're probably doomed. I'll definitely see this issue as a benchmark indicator of the general integrity of the GOP as a governing majority in Congress during this second 0bama term.

53 posted on 11/13/2012 8:52:06 PM PST by sargon
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To: cblue55

I believe that two years ago...Petraeus saw this great opportunity in 2016 where he would declare himself as a Democrat and seek the Presidency. Remember, Bush I ran the CIA for a while. He probably would have resigned in 2014...wrote a book...and started a campaign run in 2015. Now? He’ll quietly go through some divorce and end up at some Idaho ranch-house by the end of 2013. He will eventually write a book on recovering from some mess...but no one will buy it.

54 posted on 11/14/2012 3:01:31 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: piasa

I think you’re right. Remember all the nonsense about how the FBI couldn’t get in to Libya to investigate for weeks after the event? Obama and the gang clearly didn’t want anybody seeing the site, even the captive and politicized FBI. But he couldn’t stop Petreaues from going as a private citizen or at any rate, he probably didn’t find out about it until too late.

Obama has had the “dirt” on Petraeus for many months and has probably been using it to control him. Maybe Petraeus had a flash of rebellion and honor and decided to refuse to be blackmailed anymore, although it would have been nice to have done it before the election. But who knows what other threats Obama might have been using. I think Petraeus has adult children who might have been vulnerable, although his wife seems like a raving liberal and she probably wouldn’t have been harmed.

This whole thing reeks. I think what we have basically seen with the elimination of most of the generals or military personnel who were in the area and wanted to help or do their jobs when the consulate was under attack is not only an attempt to cover up, though: it’s revenge. Obama is very good at that.

55 posted on 11/14/2012 3:14:09 AM PST by livius
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