Sen. Collins: 'Imperative' Petraeus testify on Benghazi
November 13th, 2012
01:35 PM ET
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Sen. Collins: 'Imperative' Petraeus testify on Benghazi

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Susan Collins, the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, joined other lawmakers Tuesday in expressing concern about how much time had passed before the FBI got word out that former CIA Director David Petraeus was associated with an FBI investigation.

Meeting with reporters after a private meeting with Maine's senator-elect Angus King, Collins said "It does seem like there was an inordinate amount of time that passed. But we really don't have facts yet to reach any kind of conclusion."

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Collins said Petraeus, despite his resignation, remains an important element as lawmakers investigate the circumstances that led to the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

"It's absolutely imperative that General Petraeus come and testify," she said. "He was CIA director at the time of the attack, he visited Libya after the attack, he has a great deal of information that we need in order to understand what went wrong."

Collins also wants to find out whether information was inappropriately shared among Petraeus and his associates.

"I am puzzled by much of what has occurred in the FBI investigation and also the latest information that perhaps General Petraeus' friend had access to some classified information," she said.

The Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Peter King, voiced similar concerns Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," saying the timing "doesn't add up."

"You have this type of investigation. The FBI investigating e-mails, the e-mails leading to the CIA director, and taking four months to find out that the CIA director was involved. I have real questions about this. I think a timeline has to be looked at and analyzed to see what happened," King said.


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    yet another obama fiasco to cover up and bury. head of the cia compromised, nothing done for months. buried until after the dear leader is re-elected. obama is going to have to buy more shovels and dig faster with all these scandals.

    November 13, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Our number one priority is to find a way to impeach the POTUS."

    "For what, sir?"

    "We'll think of something."

    November 13, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. John

    Are we coming to a point in time when telling the truth about sensitive top security matters to Congress, could be a bad decision by a President, considering the explosive partisanship, and the seeming single mindedness about looking for presidential blame singularly and primarily over what is good for the country, including the necessity to keep sensitive, top security items secret, in the best interests of the country?

    November 13, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Denny

    You can bet there is more in the works to keep Petraeus from testifying. Hillary too. All this stuff about affairs is smoke and mirrors – there's a huge cover-up going on before our eyes – are we too blind or too worn-out to see it?

    November 13, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. USMCRETIRED

    I think that impeachment is only way to get to the bottom of it; but let’s not focus solely on the President, there are several elected officials that serve to advise President Obama that should be held accountable maybe even before the President.

    November 13, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. john2397

    TO WHOM WE CAN BLAME? George Bush, Obama, Right wing Republicans or Left wing Democrats? I think, we should blame the Hollywood, Viagra, Cialis, SMART PHONE and TOO MUCH FREE TIME, FLOOD OF MONEY, NO PROPER CHECK AND BALANCE IN CIA-FBI-PENTAGON AND DEFENSE AGENCIES.
    SOLUTION: CUT MILITARY, DEFENSE AND PENTAGON BUDGET BY AT LEAST 50% TO START WITH.

    November 13, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Don't worry. Patraeus will testify. He's already unemployed, so you cannot fire him. You"re kicking a man when he's down. He hasn't yet refused to testify.

    November 13, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. clarke

    Why don't we wait and see what the out come is before everyone gets out of control. But, I see the judge and jury have already decided on everything.

    November 13, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. conniesz

    It's not just congress that wasn't told – the President wasn't told either. The FBI correctly determined that there was no crime and therefore privacy was paramount. The fact that an ex-general had an affair is not an issue unless there's a potential security incident – and it appears they did not find one. The classified material on her computer did not come from Patraeus.

    There's no there in this except congressional egos – private affairs are NOT their business unless security is at risk and the FBI determined that was not an issue – no crime no foul.

    November 13, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Canuck

    "I think that impeachment is only way to get to the bottom of it"

    The Benghazi embassy fiasco caused the deaths of 4 Americans. It sure sounds like a blunder......but, Bush and Cheney's lies led to thousands of deaths – and they are still free men. If they had been sent to trial I would be in favour of Obama's impeachment.

    November 13, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. USMCRETIRED

    John2397, as my title denotes I am a retired Marine; just retired this year with 23 years of active service. My question is what would you cut out of the defense budget? As an officer with 23 years of seniority I made a whopping $5700.00 a month. That is full entitlements; most of the younger service members live below the national poverty level and could qualify for government aid. What would you cut? As soon a people talk about budget cuts the first thing that is brought up is defense spending, I do agree that there is money to be reallocated; but to blanket defense spending would immediately weaken an already weak military.
    Clarke…I agree with you, we should stop and let the dust settle so that we can accurately assess where we stand; in combat we call it tactical patience, you don’t always have to shoot first.

    November 13, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. USMCRETIRED

    Canuck, I don’t disagree with you; all I can say is that we did not file impeachment proceedings against President Bush. The 9-11 committee is still struggling to make this make sense, bottom line is regardless of what we did or did not due in the past, impeachment is the only way to file charges against an elected official. Not a witch hunt, preventing repeating the mistakes of our past.

    November 13, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "I think that impeachment is only way to get to the bottom of it"

    And I think that if the GOP/Teatrolls believe that impeachment and "make him a one-term president" are their go-to strategies in response to a Dem taking the WH, then we shouldn't bother having conversations about how the GOP/Teatrolls evolve to survive their demographic problems...rather, we should just be taking measurements for the party's casket.

    November 13, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "You can bet there is more in the works to keep Petraeus from testifying. Hillary too. All this stuff about affairs is smoke and mirrors – there's a huge cover-up going on before our eyes – are we too blind or too worn-out to see it?"

    Yep. Elephants really do hide in strawberry fields. Hwo do I know? Because you never see them in there. Hide pretty good, don't they?

    November 13, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. just sayin

    >conniesz
    >It's not just congress that wasn't told – the President wasn't told either. The FBI correctly determined that there was no crime >and therefore privacy was paramount. The fact that an ex-general had an affair is not an issue unless there's a potential >security incident – and it appears they did not find one. The classified material on her computer did not come from Patraeus.
    >There's no there in this except congressional egos – private affairs are NOT their business unless security is at risk and the >FBI determined that was not an issue – no crime no foul.

    it is scary that you would believe any of what you wrote. the head of the cia and a person with the nations most closely held secrets should never be compromised by something like this. it is why they do extensive background checks and people go through lie detector checks. eric holder has once again proven to be totally incompetent. he should have been fired years ago but definitely needs to be fired now.

    November 13, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F

    For those who follow Fox foreign owned media, Hannity, and Beck as well, you have to ask, "Are all conspiracy theorists just plain dumb?" I am getting tired of the crap each day that sells tabloids and inspires nut jobs, but it might be a good idea to see what Cantor knew, when he knew it, and why our president was unaware of the the unfounded charges made by Fox and Friends.

    November 13, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Facts don't Lie

    the right wing bloggers had better be careful what they wish for. The general may testify and totally DESTROY all their conspiracy theories they have going on right now.......of course if that does happen then they'll claim he's lying just to protect Obama.

    November 13, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Haven't heard a peep from Darrell Issa, where's he hiding or is this something he "doesn't want to touch".

    November 13, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Rove outed Valerie Plame, and he is not in jail. What is wrong with this picture?

    November 13, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Michelle

    Oh lord. Americans are the biggest conspiracy theorists in the world. Nothing is ever simple. Sometimes a tree is just a tree, not a forest. Until some actual evidence is given about Benghazi, how about you all hold off on the speculation. There is so far no hard evidence of a stand-down order, gun-running, etc. etc. It is like a giant game of password! The request for more security at the Embassy in Tripoli (and turned down by the GOP) became a request for more security at the consulate, which then became a request for help during the attack that was turned down. Then somebody decides that the Turkish Ambassador had no business meeting Ambassor Stevens and it turns into a CIA operation. Surprise surprise, there were spies among Embassy personnel – real shocker there.

    November 13, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |