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Rhode Island Reacts to President Obama's Comments on CIA Scandal

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by ABC 6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis 


"Obviously there is an ongoing investigation. I don't want to comments on the specifics of the investigation. The FBI has it's own protocols," said President Obama.

The scandal that has enveloped the CIA, the Pentagon and former General David Petraeus, dominated President Obama's first news conference since his reelection.

Political analysts say, for now, it threatens the President's second term goals.

Rhode Island College Professor Kay Israel said, "The fact is, the President has got to try to determine whether he can set for his agenda. If these issues tend to dominate, he's got a hard time trying to get his legislation through as it deals with tax cuts, the fiscal crisis."

It seems every hour, more details and names emerge in the Petraeus scandal.

ABC 6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "One of the big concerns in a story like this is that the press and public get bogged down in the salacious details of the sex scandal and what really happened in Libya never comes out."

When Petraeus resigned from the CIA last week, he said he would no longer testify before Congress on the terrorist attack in Libya that killed the U.S. Ambassador, and three others.

Now Petraeus has changed his mind, and will testify It is a more that pleases Republicans.

State Rep. Doreen Costa (R-RI) said, "The truth needs to come out and at this point Petraeus doesn't have anything to lose. So go out there; be truthful; let it be known what happened. You know, whatever is hidden, I'm sure everything is going to be coming out. This happened right after the election. Something is fishy there, Mark. Something's not right."

The President insists he did know Petraeus was under investigation, in the days before the election.



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