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Two Rhode Island Lawmakers Are Prominent in CIA Controversy

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by mark Curtis, ABC 6 Chief Political Reporter 

mcurtis@abc6.com 

CIA Director David Petraeus may have quit, over an affair with his biographer, but Congressional leaders still want answers.

Petraeus was supposed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the terrorist attack in Libya that killed the U.S.  Ambassador and three other Americans.     

Patraeus has now backed out of appearing, but one member of the House Intelligence Committee says he must testify. Rep. Jim Langevin, (D-Rhode Island said, "We need to get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi because it is an ongoing investigation. We need all those facts to come out. And if he has pertinent information to offer, he absolutely should be compelled to testify."

Congress could subpoena General Petraeus if we won't testify voluntarily.

ABC 6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Now Congressman Langevin told me he does not think the timing o the Petraeus revelation – just days after the election – is suspicious at all. But he says he'll keep an open mind if new information comes to light."

Meanwhile, Senator Jack Reed is rumored to be considered for Secretary of Defense, and now CIA director.

While Reed says he's happy in the Senate, he said General Petraeus had to leave the CIA.

Reed said, "I think his very swift and very decisive resignation gives the opportunity for the president and the intelligence community to find new leadership and to move forward very quickly. I think he did the right thing."   

Petraeus served in the military for 37 years before becoming CIA Director.

 

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