New Hampshire Senators demand General Petraeus testify to the Congress on Benghazi
It what appears to be a very transparent effort to protect the president General Petraeus resigned abruptly just one week before he was set to testify in front of the Congress on the Benghazi terrorist attack which claimed the lives of Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith. This was quickly followed by the news that Hillary Clinton would be out of time and also would be unavailable to testify in front of the Congress. Just like that two key witnesses were gone. At least Barack Obama hoped so, but not so fast.
Barack Obama had hoped that this would be the end of it, that these two witness wouldn’t testify (at least willingly) and nobody would question the motives behind these two announcements, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
First we learned that, of all people, Dianne Feinstein expressed shock over the fact General Petraeus resigned so quickly and stated she wished the president hadn’t accepted his resignation. Maybe this is just posturing after the fact or maybe this is a crack in the wall. This was followed by the news that Rep. Peter King stated David Petraeus will have to testify “one way or the other” on Benghazi, possibly referencing subpoena power for the first time in this case.
And in what will hopefully be the first of more to come, both New Hampshire Senators (one Republican and one Democrat) have demanded that General Petraeus still testify in front of the Congress.
Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte:
I hope he will voluntarily appear, but Congress does have the power of subpoena
Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen:
I hope Gen. Petraeus will have to testify
I think this is the first time we have heard about the possibility of using the subpoena power to force General Petraeus into testifying. While Senator Ayotte came right out and mentioned the subpoena Senator Shaheen couched her words, but the words ‘have to’ in her statement suggest subpoenaing the general.
There is no way in hell the Congress can have an investigation into this deadly terrorist attack and not have the head of the agency which Barack Obama tried to blame for his lack of action testify. Hopefully the fact that a couple of Democrats have spoken out against this attempt at suppressing the scope of this scandal is a sign that this won’t go as quietly into the night as Barack Obama had hoped.