CIA director resigns days before hearing on Libya attack
Rep. Peter King weighs in
- Duration 7:42
- Date Nov 10, 2012
Rep. Peter King weighs in
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Let's get back to our top story now David Petraeus is one of the most decorated generals of our generation and he was leading the CIA.
But yesterday he suddenly resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair.
Reports say the other woman was his biographer Paula -- well.
So far she hasn't responded to messages asking for comment and lawmakers on both sides of the -- Have expressed regret about Petraeus -- resignation but some are also questioning the timing of it right after the election.
Petraeus was supposed to speak to lawmakers next week about the deadly assault on the US consulate in Libya.
And instead lawmakers where he'll hear now from acting CIA director Mike -- But my next guest argues Petraeus is still a quote absolutely necessary witness.
-- -- fifteen is a Republican and chairman of the house homeland security committee.
That you -- an agreement you've also said that without the General Petraeus doing what he's doing either at the CAA CIA or some place else in our nation is not as safe.
Won't he testify in some capacity.
-- I think he has to now I'm a member of that committee and Mike Rogers the chairman of the intelligence committee.
About I strongly believe that General Petraeus has to testify if not this week and the following week go up sometime very soon because.
It's not the CIA director there has to testify it's a person who was involved at the time to -- -- And that was David Petraeus you know Mike morale was a you know the number two man but the person came -- brief congress.
The man who was involved and it spoke before the guys -- during big guys you have to bring Ghazi.
And who was stated that this was not a terrorist attack.
That it was a spontaneous demonstration that was caused by the video.
That was General Petraeus it's important for us to find out how we reach that conclusion when his own people on the ground was saying was a terrorist attack.
Was there any influence in the White House who was in consultation with who -- the talking points -- Susan -- all of those -- What about -- -- what about that -- what do you think General Petraeus knows specifically in do you think he's the one that provided the information.
Where Susan Rice went out and told everybody -- now video it's due to a video.
Well general -- ultimately took the hit for that that general but there's no way that I I -- Director clapper going ahead and doing that lets you consultant David Petraeus and the CIA -- -- and so obviously General Petraeus director betray -- was part of that whole process I've had great respect for that you did great American hero great patriot.
But his testimony is essential and sending on the number two man.
He can just say -- I wasn't at that meeting I wanna Wear this old -- Petraeus would have known exactly what happened at that time.
There's Manny congressman king who agree with you the General Petraeus is essential.
To getting answers on what happened to four Americans who were killed and why.
And so the question is the timing.
They knew about his extramarital affair it would appear before the election we didn't learn about it till after -- resigned to laughter.
Isn't awarded this.
-- I just can't accept this whole story I mean first of all -- to the investigation begin.
And if it's the FBI is disavowing the head of the CIA.
-- to judge signed an order allowing out and what was there to six months that warranted being extended for so long it was not criminal.
What right -- they have -- -- doing it out of they war if it was that serious when the director of the FBI.
Have told the president of the United States.
That is -- CIA director might be compromised so I can't believe that no one knew about it in the White House -- the president self also wanted to General Petraeus find out about it.
Do you know about that that prior to.
When he came before congress on September 14 that have been hanging over his head now always issues that are out there.
And I don't think they've been -- -- -- -- -- how the investigation began when it began when Petraeus found out about it when the president found out about it when.
Did you find out three days.
Why wouldn't you know you're the head of the homeland security committee for at the house -- represented it.
Well I wasn't told was even more importantly the chairman of the intelligence committee was supposed to be -- -- the FBI.
Whenever -- like this occurs my understanding is that he -- he you know the top Democrat we're told about it.
The FBI I think is saying well this really wasn't didn't involve intelligence or terrorism or who didn't probably investigating him for prisoners no evidence.
I don't -- aren't you still don't know what they provide enough option to not know well no we don't know.
Here's the thing as -- a patriot and in general and he's led many -- many conflicts.
Had great success in the military.
The CIA has a certain level of integrity that -- do exist.
Is an extramarital affair enough to warrant a resignation.
And should the president as Dianne Feinstein who will be actually on FOX News Sunday tomorrow talking about this exclusively.
Should the president have not accepted his resignation.
You know I think we've gone too far as far as being holier than -- -- -- -- this the world what -- general Eisenhower general Patton you journal my father before that.
At Franklin Roosevelt I mean to me if if that's all was was this one Matta and was known.
No he he should not and forced out I -- would would be.
Too sanctimonious here in this country about who we allow to serve -- not serve to me get the best person that.
If there's no harm his profile events matter within the family let them resolve it.
But I don't think that General Petraeus or others to be forced out because of issues like this -- -- you can show a compromise national security.
Right and the questions still exists obviously if that was the reason why he was as you put it pushed out.
I know you'll search for answers on -- committee let me ask you about another question and I know it's pretty close to your heart right now.
He lives out on Long Island.
You represented a number of constituents in your district in exactly the same position issue I think it's so interesting.
To see someone who is a leader and a congressman who people rely on who then becomes a constituent in the sense and you lost your power.
Until very recently.
What is going on with the Long Island power authority or light but here's my feeling tell me if I'm wrong.
The Army Corps of Engineers -- you've called to comment can light up cobble.
Can light up Baghdad and we can't light up Long Island.
-- -- call audio recorder communal life for the long empower authorities on Harlem dropped as I was up to seven days I don't understand.
Keep moving out of power over the fact is.
Now it's almost two weeks after the storm.
We still -- over a 100000.
Customers are deprived of power and the not given any indication when they gonna get the power practices organized as confused.
And that's the real issue where people either I've known people of young children -- bronchial conditions that senior citizens of -- home respiratory issues.
And they have all listed as can you give me an estimate when we're gonna get the power back because of not that they can take their their -- -- citizen of the kids somewhere else.
The fact is they get no response from like back when we do get responses when my office gives information we've got to won't make him a demand to get it like that the next day -- -- -- it.
It's now changed a bit it was a wrong information they gave us in this -- This is the most -- about operation I've ever seen or heard of and that's why I believe that we have to have much more federal import.
I once this is over like -- we entirely restructured and the people put in charge and a new type authority set up is right out and responsive to anyone.
One interesting a picture can tell a thousand words the sign up at FEMA at the FEMA office we are closed due to -- are.
When we have the second storm it's unbelievable and I know you're trying to get answers for the people you represent thanks for joining us congressman always good to see you -- Good to -- you drew thank you very much Kelly well.