GOP lawmakers highly critical of Petraeus’ Benghazi explanation, testimony shows

Newly declassified testimony shows at least five Republican lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee suggested former CIA Director David Petraeus provided bad information, or even misled them, after the 2012 Benghazi attack when he blamed an obscure Internet video and downplayed the significance of mortar attacks that night.

The testimony comes from a Nov. 15, 2012, closed, classified session. The committee heard testimony from the nation’s most senior intelligence officer, James Clapper; then-head of the National Counterterrorism Center Matt Olsen; Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy; and then-acting CIA Director Michael Morell, who stepped in after Petraeus resigned, citing an extramarital affair.

The testimony shows lawmakers, including the chairman, recalling how Petraeus stressed protests over an anti-Islam video as the impetus — an explanation that would later unravel — while brushing off concerns that mortar attacks indicated a planned terror attack.

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