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November 13th, 2012
08:25 AM ET

Rep. Chaffetz: 'I find it hard to believe' that Obama learned about Petraeus scandal last week

The sudden resignation of CIA chief David Petraeus over the revelation of an extramarital affair means that he will not be testifying before Congress this Thursday on the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

On Starting Point this morning, Rep. Jason Chaffetz insists that Petraeus should still testify, saying that he doesn't want to "let a salacious story distract from the fact that the General should put his duty and his honor front and foremost."

Chaffetz also responds to the latest reports about Gen. John Allen's involvement in the scandal and weighs in on the timeline of the FBI's revelations.

"I want to make sure the president is fully engaged," Rep. Chaffetz says. "One thing that’s troubling to me is the idea that, going back to Petraeus, that the president just learned about it last week. I find that very hard to believe."

Rep. Chaffetz also discusses the president's involvement in another pressing concern on Capitol Hill- the fiscal cliff, explaining what he's willing to compromise in negotiations.

"If the president is going to argue going back to the Clinton tax rates, then we’re going to argue lets go back to the Clinton spending rates," Chaffetz insists.

Filed under: Gen. John Allen • Petraeus scandal
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Austin

    i feel the general should not be fired. he was a great general, and his personal life should not affect his job.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. rpmcestmoi

    General Eisenhower, the guy running WW2, had a mistress. Chafetz is a fool.

    November 13, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. allen henry

    It is a 50 to 50 chance he may have heard about it another time but lets be honest if the republicans had their President in office would he had dealt with it at that time. If you can answer that question honestly than you got your answer. Both parties should stop playing politics and start solving these problems that we have in this world for the people. After all we voted for politicans not to fight and argue do your jobs for the people. The campaign is over handled it or get replaced in 2 years!

    November 13, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse | Reply

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