The White House veil of secrecy
Scandal grows surrounding Benghazi, Petraeus
- Duration 9:25
- Date Nov 12, 2012
Scandal grows surrounding Benghazi, Petraeus
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-- and every passing day Americans are learning about scandals events and even actual war that the Obama administration worked to keep secret until after the election.
Now on Friday three days after the president's victory we learn that David Petraeus the head of the CIA.
Was stepping down because of an extramarital affair now.
First I want to start by saying that David Petraeus is a genuine American hero one of the greatest generals in American history.
Now he is the first general in generations to turn around a war that America was losing in Iraq in 20062007.
And he helped avert defeat.
And the General Petraeus -- -- -- what he did when he was director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Well that's Tripoli problematic.
It now opens him up to possible blackmail.
Now the people who argue that it's strictly a private matter when you're simply wrong you cannot have the CIA director of the United States of America involved in an affair.
-- there's no question in my mind that he needed to resign and it's obvious that once the affair was revealed there was not a question in Petraeus is -- that he needed to resign.
But the story doesn't simply and there.
-- the White House claims that the president first received information about the affair on Thursday.
But a source close to journalist Ron Kessler -- giant join me in a few minutes says that that's highly unlikely.
And here's why way back on October the tenth Kessler himself was informed about the Petraeus affair by a veteran agent of the FBI now according to the agent.
Top administration officials have been briefed about the investigation including the FBI director Robert Mueller.
-- keep in mind the -- meets with the president in the Oval Office at least once a week.
But we're supposed to believe that an affair involving the head of the CIA was never discussed.
That's nonsense that is what really happened according to council source quote.
The decision was made to delayed the resignation apparently to avoid potential embarrassment to the president.
Before the election.
In short the president or somebody closely and decided to put politics first as the agent -- quote to -- Petraeus in such a sensitive position.
Where he was vulnerable to potential blackmail for months compromising our national security.
Now conveniently -- -- decision to step down on Friday will also prevent him from appearing before.
Congressional investigators later this week that's not the only thing that Americans were not told before they filled out their ballots last Tuesday.
On Thursday two days after the election we you're informed that Iran had recently attended -- shoot down a US drone that have been flying in international airspace.
Now that incident happened on November the first.
In other words you would not informed about an act of war perpetrated by a rogue regime that is hell bent on the destruction of Israel not why.
Because politics takes precedence under the Obama administration.
And of course both of these post election surprises all come on the heels of Ben -- and remember.
It the president had his way the truth about that terror attack would still be hidden as well.
And -- all still be blaming the death of four Americans on -- YouTube movie trailer.
Now it's time to lift the veil of secrecy.
And joining me now to do just that our investigative reporter author Ronald Kessler and here in studio you talk congressman Jason -- that's as -- us.
Guys good to see you welcome back and think I have -- -- for the students -- When you make office.
It it it's sad because the American -- this administration is withholding information from the American people.
And they are engaged in a concerted effort to mislead the world and mislead the American people what what what to what it.
Do you think.
This is connected to -- Gaza because for example why now what Petraeus was supposed to testify this week yeah I it it's so suspicious there's no it's not a coincidence to me.
He is the one who probably knows most about what happened or didn't happen in Ben Ghazi -- if this is looming over his head when he went to go briefed the United States senate.
Did that influence the way of the direction -- the story that he told us a lot of senators -- -- was tell the truth that.
Not -- this begs more questions than an answer it does -- Ron Kessler you do.
October 10 that -- -- taken place.
Now I was still working on getting -- corroboration.
The agent who gave his information said that.
The decision had been made even though they knew way back in the spring that this affair is going on.
To hold off until -- election and that's exactly what happened who made a decision that we know yet.
Well it it certainly went -- to Bob Mueller went into the -- just -- occurrences agent.
I am quite sure that President Obama knew about it and we gave the order there's no other reason why -- would have withheld this you know -- I was told by an FBI agent at a high level.
If this had been uncovered involving a high level FBI executive he would have been out the door the same that it wouldn't have left him in office is absurd.
And yet he was -- in office.
From from the spring until until October and then just by coincidence obamas told two days after you after the election is so.
Transparent that there that this is a big cover up and the real.
Issue as you mention is the black -- issue and and that is.
Russian foreign intelligence.
Criminals if they got -- this affair would have.
Use that as blackmail against pitcher has to get our biggest secrets are and that's -- with the security clearance you're not supposed to.
Compromise yourself in this why.
Let me go to the congressman so the FBI director had to know he meets with the president Erik -- -- had to know he meets with the president.
We're saying that a CIA director.
That is involved in a compromising situation -- that was not brought to the attention of the president.
What if it wasn't -- is that not dereliction of duty is that not.
Incompetence on their part and if the president didn't know what does it mean to well -- General Petraeus is not the head of fish and wildlife are gonna say he's the director of the CIA.
I mean what he eats for breakfast is going to be for showing up and intelligence report so.
Of course he's immediately compromise and you have to deal with that in -- it better -- gone to the president immediately.
And it should've gone to that to the house and the senate -- -- what does that mean that it didn't.
Like even Dianne Feinstein was pretty outraged about this a Democrat I'm sure -- -- -- turn -- support Obama.
I -- let's go to Paul abroad while she gave a speech in October and says some things that are pretty outrageous watched us.
Now I don't know -- a lot of you've heard this but BCA -- had actually.
Had taken a couple -- Libyan militia members prisoner and and they think that the attack on the concert was an effort to try to get these prisoners back so that it's still being vetted.
The challenging -- -- -- General Petraeus is that in his new position he's not allowed to communicate with the press so he's known all of this they had.
Correspondence with and the CIA station chief in in Libya within twenty -- hours a kind of knew it was happening.
They knew what was happening in 24 hours which was in Libya not only that she says that the CIA addicts have taken Libyan militia members prisoner.
Which would be news and that in fact that they did ask for support and help which -- never been confirmed by the administration she's saying very.
She's giving us the inside scoop if -- believe.
We did she get possibly get that from well look this whole investigation the Genesis of this this investigation has to be something deep deeper than just.
One woman was upset with another and I got stuff that is potentially classified information being shared out there in the public but where is the media are reporting that.
On this before the election that happened before the election as well on its like -- -- we little do we know that they fired one of our drones I mean being Ghazi is obviously a big issue.
Which I think was an -- to war in Iran all right let's go to -- -- -- father and wanna ask you Ron Kessler about this.
He gave an interview and he said the following he said quote.
This is about something else entirely the troops will come out there's a lot more here than meets the -- Which what do you make about.
You know I I think one thing that he maybe you're referring to is.
Blizzard against -- -- well claiming that she -- threats threatening.
You know so all kinds of people.
And I -- know that that General Petraeus has been.
Emailing members of the press with various stories.
Not transfusion but you see it show up as a friend of Petraeus or -- family friend and a lot of this is very self serving.
Also the same time when it comes to press you see these stories.
About the FBI investigation why it took so long how my guys took.
Months have to figure out that there someone -- emailing someone this is a minister -- in about a half an.
Our special is -- -- -- serious I don't without yard run out of time congressman last question.
We don't know where the president was during this attack.
We don't know why they denied the the requested support before the attack.
Where the president was during the attack wife flew out to Vegas the next day.
We don't know why after which he couldn't acknowledge it was a terror attack why didn't he tell us about Iran and if he knew about Petraeus.
What if he lied to the American people which I content on -- he did.
What does that mean that.
If it means that the president misled the American people misled the world you can't have it both ways he will try to have -- points he's well if we have to hold them accountable the State Department the Department of Defense the CIA they all -- the American people the truth and justice.
They know what happen.
But even if the basic timeline they gave us they don't even -- they don't even agree they don't even match up so we got a lot more investigation has written an article you think more in the middle of a major cover.
I'll absolutely there is no doubt in my mind if you made a movie about this people when even believe.
All right congressman good to see -- New York thank you Ron Kessler thank you.
And coming -- Dick Morris.