Petraeus to Testify on Libya Friday

Capitol Hill hearing will be closed to the public
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2012 7:26 PM CST
USMC Gen. John Allen, left, Army Gen. David Petraeus, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this July 2011 file photo.   (PAUL J. RICHARDS)

(Newser) – David Petraeus will indeed testify on Capitol Hill about the Benghazi attack, reports AP. The former CIA chief will appear before the House Intelligence committee on Friday, though the hearing will be closed to the public. Petraeus visited Libya secretly last month, and lawmakers are antsy to hear his own report about the trip.

CNN, meanwhile, quotes one of the general's former aides as saying Petraeus is largely avoiding the media coverage of his affair and resignation, and instead focusing on his family. "He describes it as putting one foot in front of the other, and then repeating the process," says retired Col. Peter Mansoor. "So it's going to be a long, long road of healing for them. He understands that and he's focusing on it."

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